Japanese Holly Hedging – Ilex Crenata


Japanese Holly Hedging, scientifically known as Ilex Crenata, is a widely admired hedging plant, particularly noted for its appealing aesthetic and adaptability. Here’s a detailed explanation as to why it is an outstanding hedge choice:

Japanese Holly Hedging, scientifically known as Ilex Crenata, is a widely admired hedging plant, particularly noted for its appealing aesthetic and adaptability. Here’s a detailed explanation as to why it is an outstanding hedge choice:

Aesthetically Pleasing
Japanese Holly, with its small, glossy, and dark green leaves, offers a look similar to boxwood (Buxus sempervirens), making it a fitting alternative, particularly in areas where box blight is a concern. Its tidy, compact form, complemented by tiny white flowers in the spring and black berries in the winter, adds year-round interest.

Adaptability to the UK Climate
Well-suited to the UK’s climate, Ilex Crenata thrives in both full sun and partial shade, making it a resilient choice for diverse weather conditions. It is cold hardy and can tolerate frost, adding to its suitability for various regions in the UK.

Comparison to Other Hedging Options
When compared to other hedging plants, Japanese Holly stands out due to its fine texture and versatile nature. It is ideal for both formal and informal hedges and can be used for topiary as well. Its resistance to common plant diseases such as box blight gives it an advantage over other hedging options.

Wildlife Friendly
Japanese Holly serves as a valuable food source for birds and insects during winter, contributing positively to the local ecosystem and biodiversity.

Care and Requirements
Japanese Holly is fairly low maintenance. It prefers well-drained, fertile soil, but it is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. Regular pruning helps maintain its shape and encourages denser growth. It’s important to note that while Ilex Crenata is more disease-resistant than some hedging varieties, good plant hygiene and regular care can help prevent potential problems.

Japanese Holly Hedging is an excellent choice for those in search of a beautiful, hardy, and flexible hedging plant. It’s well-suited to the UK’s climate variations and offers a unique blend of visual appeal, adaptability, and ecological benefits. Its disease resistance and low-maintenance nature make it a favourite among gardeners and landscapers, serving as a reliable and attractive addition to a range of garden styles.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A

Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Low Growing

Growth Speed

Slow Growth

Costal Growing










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