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Quite unlike the popular conception of a holly, this is a slow-growing evergreen species from Japan and Korea. It has tiny leaves, similar to edging box, which are non-prickly and, if plants are trimmed once or twice a year, can produce an attractive dense dwarf hedge. It's often used as an alternative to box, especially for topiary.
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant: October to March
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