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Ilex crenata ( Northern Beauty Japanese Holly )




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Ilex crenata
( Northern Beauty Japanese Holly )

This holly resembles boxwood, but its growth habit is lower and more spreading. Leaves are dark green, glossy, small, ovate to elliptic, with slightly scalloped edges. Berries are small and black, though sometimes white or yellow. Needs rich, moist, slightly acidic soil, good drainage and thick mulch. Will not tolerate drought. This cultivar is compact and hardy.
Important Info : Can't tell if your plant is a boxwood or a holly? Boxwood's leaves are always opposite each other and holly's leaves are always alternate.


How to Grow this Plant:

Characteristics
Cultivar:Northern Beauty  
Family:Aquifoliaceae  
Size:Height: 6 ft. to 8 ft.
Width: 4 ft. to 6 ft.  
Plant Category:shrubs, trees,  
Plant Characteristics:decorative berries or fruit, low maintenance,  
Foliage Characteristics:small leaves, evergreen,  
Foliage Color:dark green,  
Flower Characteristics: 
Flower Color: 
Tolerances:deer, heat & humidity, pollution, rabbits, seashore, slope, wind,  
Requirements
Flowering Time Range:Late Spring to Early Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone:5 to 7  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Part Shade to Full Sun  
pH Range:4.5 to 7  
Soil Range:Some Sand to Some Clay  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  


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