6x Japanese holly Ilex crenata

Ilex crenata

6x Japanese holly Ilex crenata

Ilex crenata
6x Japanese holly Ilex crenata
The perfect hedge! That's the strong Japanese holly (Ilex crenata). The Ilex is very suitable as an alternative to the boxwood. The Japanese holly grows compactly and the branches have small, green leaves. The Ilex is a hardy evergreen shrub and is not susceptible to moth infestations. For a dense hedge, plant six plants per linear metre.Pruning or shaping the holly is done in January and December. The Ilex loves partial shade. Water the Japanese holly once a week. Water more during dry periods.
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6x Japanese holly Ilex crenata

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How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Seasonal effects

The appearance of a hedge changes between seasons. From a bare plant lying dormant in winter to fresh greenery in spring, in full bloom during summer to leaves changing colour and dropping in autumn. This is a natural process courtesy of mother nature. Our plants will be delivered accordingly.

Specifications+
Latin name: Ilex crenata
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Planting: March - October
Growing Height: 20 - 150 cm
Planting distance: 20 - 30 cm
Planting depth: 20 - 30 cm
Planting+

Make sure the root ball of your Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) is given a good soaking prior to planting - soak the plant(s) overnight in a bucket of luke-warm water. Prepare a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork. Plant your holly at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should come to just below soil level. Fill the hole with soil, heel well in and water immediately after planting.
Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) will thrive in any moist, well-drained soil. Improve poor soil with the addition of a mix of compost and granulated cow manure. Stand your Japanese holly in a sunny spot. Protect young plants from harsh winter winds. Once established, your Japanese holly will be perfectly hardy.
 
 
 

Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) as hedging

Dig a trench for your Ilex crenata hedge. Soak the plants roots overnight in a bucket of lukewarm water. Improve the soil with a mix of well-rotted manure and some granulated cow manure. Add sharp sand to clay soil. Divide the plants over the trench - you need 5-8 Japanese holly plants per metre. You could plant a double row too - alternating the plant along the trench. The top of the root ball should come to just below soil level. Keep in mind that the ground will give a little. Fill the trench with soil, heel all the plants well in and water enough to make it all marshy. We advise pruning the very tops off the bushes immediately after planting. Water regularly in the first year after planting.
 

Care+

An adult Japanese holly (ilex crenatum) is undemanding and thrives in any moist, well-drained soil. The best spot for Japanese holly is in full sun or partial shade. They can tolerate full shade, the leaves however could be a darker green in colour.
Young holly plants need weekly watering. The root system is just below soil level so a young plant will be sensitive to drought – never allow the young plant to dry out and water them extra in their first year when the weather is dry.
Young plants should be given some wind protection. After a few years as they mature, they will become more wind tolerant.
 

Pruning

Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) is easy to prune. Like box, (Buxus sempervirens) they make a great hedge and are fabulous used in topiary, where height often doesn't matter. Ilex crenata can be kept at 40 cm or it can grow to 4 metres high. This bush can easily reach 3 metres over 10 years. As it adapts well to pruning, you can still create low hedging or low topiary but it is also possible with full height hedging of 4-5 metres! This also applies to a solitary bush, either potted or in the garden.
Japanese Holly hedging can be pruned 2-4 times a year. This will keep it in good shape and not too wide. Try and keep the base wider than the top and work your way up from the bottom with your shears. Use a string spanned along the length of the hedge at the top to keep a nice straight finish. The first prune should be done in April and a good time for the 2nd cut is early to mid-June. After 21st June (the longest day) the bushes will start to shoot and you will have created room for this with that last pruning. Give your Japanese holly hedge another pruning in August and October to keep it tight.
A solitary standing Japanese Holly bush only needs pruning when you think it’s really necessary.
 
 
 

Extra+

Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) is an evergreen shrub with small, leathery, glossy green foliage. This variety has no thorns as you would expect from common holly Ilex aquifolium! Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) has male and female plants. If you want black berries to appear, you need to have a male Japanese holly around. The berries are very inconspicuous but popular with garden birds in the winter – they really like the taste of them!
For hedging, Japanese holly has the advantage over boxwood because it will never be troubled with the dreaded disease that affects boxwood and can destroy whole hedges and topiary in no time. Japanese holly is resistant to the disease responsible for this (Cylindrocladium buxicola en Volutella buxi).
Ilex is classified under Aquifoliaceae.
 

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