- Common Name(s):
- Japanese holly
- 'Convexa', 'Helleri', 'Hetzii', 'Stokes', 'Sky Pencil'
Japanese holly is a handsome evergreen shrub in the Aquifoliaceae family. The fruit provides winter intrest. You can severely prune to control height. It tolerates drought and air pollution. There are many cultivars available. Growth rate: slow.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: May-June, fragrant Fruit/Nut/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: The small fragrant flowers attract bees. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi. This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
Compare this Plant to:
- 10-12 ft.
- Alternate, simple, dark green leaves; 0.5-1.3 in. long; crowded on stems
- Small, dull, greenish white fragrant flowers in spring; 0.2 in. black berry-like drupe fall to spring
- Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil
- Dense, multi-branched shrub; rounded or semi-globular
- 3-5 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1589