Ilex crenata, commonly known as box-leaved holly or Japanese holly, is a useful, tough, evergreen shrub that looks good all year round. This shrub has attractive, small, dark green leaves and produces insignificant white flowers in spring, followed by black fruits.
Ilex crenata grows best in a sunny position or partial shade in well-drained soil. Suitable for making topiary.
Ilex crenata ‘Dark Green’
Ilex crenata ‘Dark Green’ and Ilex crenata ‘Luxus Hedge’ are compact, bushy evergreen shrubs, bearing small, round, green leaves similar in appearance to buxus. Ideal for low edging hedges. A good alternative to box hedging.
Ilex crenata ‘Convexa’
Ilex crenata ‘Convexa’ is slightly different with dark green leaves that are convex.
Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’
Those who want golden yellow leaves try Ilex crenata ‘Golden Gem’. This low-growing evergreen shrub will brighten up a dark corner of the garden. Its low height also makes it useful for ground cover.