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Ilex crenata 'Fastigiata'

Japanese holly

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (61946)

Plant details

Unlike the popular conception of a holly, this is a slow-growing evergreen species that has tiny leaves. The leaves are dark green and bear a striking resemblance to buxus. 'Fastigiata' is an upright growing variety that forms a striking plant for the rock garden or front of the border. Its slow growth habit also makes it a good plant for winter containers. Like most hollies it will thrive in sun or shade.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Species: crenata

Cultivar: Fastigiata

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 110cm

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