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.