The Q&A Archives: Steeds Holly

Question: I purchased two of your Steeds Upright Hollys and I'm concerned that the where I am going to plant them might be too shady. It is on the North side of the house and gets only some morning sun. The plant tag suggests full sun and the answer already in your FAQ library suggests full sun to partial shade. Do you think that they will be ok where I plan to plant them? Also, can they be sheared to keep to about four feet wide? Thanks.

Answer: Hollies are really sun loving plants. They will tolerate some shade but the north side of the house is one of the shadiest locations in a foundation planting. Ilex crenata (Steed's Upright is a named variety of this) is probably more shade tolerant than most hollies so if you are set on planting hollies this would be one to try. In my experience they might survive there but will eventually tend to grow thin and a bit sparse. Their normal width is about four feet wide so that should be no problem. Also make sure that the soil is humusy, evenly moist yet well drained, and also somewhat acidic. Good luck with your hollies!

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