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Compact Japanese Holly (Ilex Compacta)

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$17.49
  • Evergreen ornamental shrub with a dense globular form
  • Matures to 3-6' wide by 3-6' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6 - 9
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
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Description

Compact Japanese Holly (Ilex Compacta) is an evergreen ornamental shrub with a dense globular form. This shrub is truly a sun lover, so make sure to plant it in an area that will receive 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Compact Japanese Holly is a great choice for hedge and foundation planting. In areas where boxwoods do not grow well, this Japanese holly is a great substitute to get a similar look. Once established. Once established this shrub is very easy to maintain and responds well to trimming and shaping, and is resistant to deer, drought, insects, disease, heat, and mildew.

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Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Your Compact Japanese Holly (Ilex Compacta)

Space Your Compact Japanese Holly 3-4 feet apart for a seamless planting. This selection has the potential to reach 6-10 feet wide, however, this can take many years. Plant them 5-6+ feet apart for space between untrimmed mature plants at their maximum size. Otherwise, space them at your desired distance and trim them once yearly.

  • Scientific Name
    Ilex crenata 'Compacta'
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Deer Resistant, Disease Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Feature Color
    Green
  • Uses
    Border, Container, Hedge
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Summer

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, and 9

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Compact Japanese Holly (Ilex Compacta)

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Compact Japanese Holly (Ilex Compacta) is an evergreen ornamental shrub with a dense globular form. This shrub is truly a sun lover, so make sure to plant it in an area that will receive 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Compact Japanese Holly is a great choice for hedge and foundation planting. In areas where boxwoods do not grow well, this Japanese holly is a great substitute to get a similar look. Once established. Once established this shrub is very easy to maintain and responds well to trimming and shaping, and is resistant to deer, drought, insects, disease, heat, and mildew.

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Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2.4 Gallon
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