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(Japanese Holly)

Ilex crenata is an evergreen plant native to Eastern China and Japan and is a perfect alternative to the more recently problematic Buxus.

The small leaves are rounded, dark green and glossy, very similar in appearance to Buxus, but can be identified by its alternate (not opposite) leaf arrangement and the crenate / toothed margin. Its resistance to pests and diseases, in particular blight, make it an ideal substitute. In late spring, it produces a delicate white flower followed in autumn by small insignificant black berries.

Japanese Holly grows well on all but heavy soils and makes a handsome topiary specimen. The evergreen and compact habit allows it to often be clipped into cones, balls, spirals, bonsai and hedges.

Ilex crenata Fastigiata is an upright columnar form of Japanese Holly. It can be clipped to keep it dense or left to grow as a specimen plant.

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Plant Profile

Name: Ilex crenata

Common Name: Japanese Holly

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Height: 3-5m

Demands: Will grow well on all but heavy soils

Foliage: Small rounded leaves, dark green and glossy with a crenate margin

Flower: Very small white flower in spring

Fruit: Small, insignificant berries follow the flowers, ripening black in autumn.

Ilex crenata info sheet

Japanese: イヌツゲ inutsuge.

Cloud pruning (see bonsai example below) is a Japanese method of training trees or shrubs to resemble clouds. Known as Niwaki it translates as 'garden tree'.

Ilex crenata balls 80-90cm wide

Ilex crenata balls 80-90cm wide

Japanese Holly domes 1.8-2.0m in airpot container

Japanese Holly domes 1.8-2.0m in airpot container

Close up of Ilex crenata glossy foliage

Close up of the glossy foliage

Ilex crenata Fastigiata

Ilex crenata Fastigiata

Unripe berries of Ilex crenata

Unripe berries of Ilex crenata

Ilex crenata container grown bonsai specimens

Ilex crenata container grown bonsai specimens

Ilex crenata - Japanese Holly balls in airpot container

Japanese Holly balls in airpot container


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