Answer: Your Steeds holly is a Japanese holly (Ilex crenata). It has a narrow upright growth habit, and grows vigorously. It can reach 5 -6 feet tall in 10 years. It can grow in sun or partial shade. It prefers a moist, but well drained, moderatley fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun to part shade. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth emerges in spring, using a fertlizer blended for acid-loving plants. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually in early spring to shape.
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