Japanese Holly, also regarded as Ilex Crenata, is a smaller hedging with smooth, oval leaves and an absence of thorns and so differs from our other spikier Holly varieties like the English Holly. Japanese Holly is a great alternative to Box Hedging as the shrub has shiny, smaller leaves that flourish year-round as the evergreen Holly keeps its leaves in all seasons. The bright leaves grow in narrow, conical stems and so, like the Box Hedging, the Japanese Holly is a great option for low hedging and topiary shaping to add a great aesthetic to any garden.
Although ideal for smaller, border hedging, our Japanese Laurels (if preferred) can grow up to 2m if given the time to mature and so can still be a decent option for privacy and screening. However, any customers seeking instant hedging then a faster-growing variety may be better suited for them, like our selection of Laurels and Leylandii.
The Holly is easily maintained if just trimmed once a year although this is not always necessary as they keep their pruning shaping exceptionally well. Japanese Holly can typically grow anywhere from 20-30cm per year, depending on factors like watering and nutrient intake, placing them into the “medium growing hedge” category. We offer you the choice of Japanese Holly in a range of sizes, meaning you can choose to affordably grow the hedging or receive it fully-grown and instantly have the benefits of its versatility and shaping.
Our customers always feel confident choosing Japanese Holly as the hedging is very low maintenance, withstanding most soil types including chalky, providing they are well-drained. The hedging will also thrive in both sunned and part-shaded areas and due to the lack of pruning needed, we recommend this hedging for both beginner topiarists and experts alike as the shrub is so easy to work with.
The recommended planting density varies depending on the height of the plants you buy. For Example:
Small – 15-90cm: It is recommended that you plant 3-5 plants per meter
Medium – 90-150cm: It is recommended that you plant 2-3 plants per meter
Large – 150-300cm: It is recommended that you plant 1-2 plants per meter
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