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Question: I am interested in putting Chesapeak Holly in as a foundation plant in front of my house (North) They will be in a sitting area. Will they be difficult to keep in a two to three foot space? Will they ever develope thorns?

Answer: CHESAPEAKE JAPANESE HOLLY (Ilex crenata 'Chesapeake') is a beautiful and resilient evergreen foliage shrub. It has a dense, upright pyramidal form and is packed with small grass green foliage. The leaves are less than an inch long best resemble boxwood, not holly. Flowers in spring with inconspicuous white blooms that mature into dark, lustrous berries. Fruit is attractive to birds which feed on them in fall. Appearance may be naturalistic or sheared into more formal shapes. Excellent carefree shrub for even green background. Makes a good medium height privacy or wind screen hedge sheared or not. Evergreen shrub. Full sun or part shade. Slow growth to 6 to 8 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet wide. You can keep the shrub smaller with annual pruning. The leaves are spiny but the branches will not develop thorns.

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