Japanese Holly Trees – Ilex Crenata


Japanese Holly trees, also known as Ilex Crenata, are an incredibly versatile and attractive choice for gardeners and landscape designers, offering a unique blend of aesthetics and functionality.

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Japanese Holly trees, also known as Ilex Crenata, are an incredibly versatile and attractive choice for gardeners and landscape designers, offering a unique blend of aesthetics and functionality. Here’s why they stand out:

Aesthetically Pleasing
Japanese Holly trees are renowned for their dense, dark-green, small rounded leaves that remain vibrant throughout the year, providing a constant source of colour. When properly groomed, they can produce small white flowers in late spring followed by tiny black fruits, adding to their visual appeal.

Versatility in Landscaping
These trees shine in various landscaping designs. They make for stunning full standard trees, adding height and structure to the landscape. When trained as pleached trees, they provide a beautiful and effective privacy screen. Moreover, Japanese Holly trees are exceptional for topiary art due to their dense growth habit and small leaves, allowing for intricate shapes and designs.

Adaptability to the UK Climate
Japanese Holly trees are particularly well-suited to the UK climate. They’re hardy and adaptable, capable of withstanding temperatures down to -15°C, and can thrive in a range of light conditions from full sun to partial shade. This adaptability makes them an excellent choice for virtually any location within the UK.

Comparison to Other Tree Options
In contrast with other trees, Japanese Holly is valued for its robustness and minimal maintenance needs. Its dense growth and evergreen nature offer year-round privacy and shelter for wildlife, an attribute not shared by many decidary trees. The tree’s resistance to pests and diseases further cements its place as a practical and reliable choice.

Care and Requirements
Japanese Holly trees are relatively low maintenance. They perform best in well-drained, acidic to neutral soils, and although they are drought tolerant, they appreciate regular watering during dry periods. Pruning can be carried out to maintain shape and density, ideally done after the flowering period to avoid disrupting the next year’s blooms.

Japanese Holly trees offer a wonderful blend of elegance and versatility. Their resilience to the UK’s variable climate, low-maintenance nature, year-round aesthetic appeal, and versatility in landscaping designs make them a first-rate choice for any gardener or landscaper. With careful nurturing and pruning, these trees can bring a striking architectural feature to your outdoor space while supporting local biodiversity.

1. Style

Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

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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