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Compacta Holly Ilex crenata 'Compacta'

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Phonetic Spelling
EYE-leks kre-NAH-tuh
Description

A low, compact, globose evergreen shrub or tall groundcover that works well as a foundation plant, hedge, or planted in small groups in a shrub border. The plant is also good in formal gardens and is good for topiary. It can grow up to 6' high and wide. The Compact Japanese Holly likes full sun to partial shade. It is tolerant of poor, sandy soil but prefers clay. It is intolerant of alkaline soil and drought. It is easy to transplant, is urban tolerant, but has pest problems.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are alternate, simple, flat, and obovate.
  • Lustrous dark green leaves have a crenate-serrate margin.
  • New growth on stems is purple.

More information on Ilex crenata.

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#green#mass planting#hedges#shrub border#foundation planting#formal garden#borders#japanese#small group plantings
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#green#mass planting#hedges#shrub border#foundation planting#formal garden#borders#japanese#small group plantings
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Species:
    crenata
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits as all plants are male.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers as all plants are male.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, flat, obovate, and 3/4" long. They have a lustrous dark green color with crenate-serrulate teeth.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are purple during new growth and turn more grayish or brownish as they mature.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    English Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups