Scientific Name: Ilex crenata
Common Name: Japanese holly
Family Name: Aquifoliaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 1.5 - 2.0m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Spreading, Stiffly upright, Twiggy
Form: Round
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Filler, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Screening, Sheared hedge, Topiary
Exposure: Full sun, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Lustrous, Elliptic, Obovate, Entire
Flowers: Cyme, White, Green, May-Jun
Fruit: Drupe, Black, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Small, dense, evergreen shrub; leaves mostly less than 10(-13)mm long, closely spaced, alternate-spirally arranged (compared to opposite leaves of boxwood), almost round, glossy, and 2-4 small teeth with tiny glands on points.