The Q&A Archives: Chinese Holly Replacements

Question: Our many Chinese Holly shrubs, for the last two years, have deteriorated from unexpected freezing and drought. We need a recommendation on replacing them with small, compact, evergreen shrubs that require little attention, no pests, and can survive at the top of the mountain where we live. Thanks -

Answer: There are a number of shrubs for you to consider:
English Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa') very slow growing with a fine, rounded growth habit 2-4' tall and wide.
Korean Bowood (Korean Buxus microphylla var. 'koreana') slow growing, developing into an open, rounded mound 3 to 4' tall and wide, Most hardy of all boxwoods; bronze colored foliage in winter.

English laurel, (Dwarf Prunus laurocerasus) medium leaves, compact growth habit, spreading 3 to 4' wide, 5 to 6' tall. 'Otto Luyken' and 'Zabeliana' are dwarf forms of English laurel.

Dwarf Japanese Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus') medium to fine textured leaves with an upright, rounded shape 2-3' tall and wide.

Shore Juniper (Juniperus conferta) 4-5' tall, 1-2' wide. Emerald Sea and Blue Pacific are the best cultivars.

Best wishes with your new shrubs.

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