|How long does it take to grow? Is it evergreen: What fertilizer should I use? How much water? Does it flower?|
|Japanese Holly are dense, evergreen shrubs that vary in size depending on cultivar. In northern regions such as yours, the foliage can be injured by cold temperatures, however, some cultivars offer improved cold tolerance. The leaves are rather small and often shiny. Like many other broadleaved evergreen shrubs, it prefers acid soils and will develop iron deficiency if the pH is too high. Japanese holly can be grown in sun or shade but winter injury in northern climates will be more severe on plants grown in the sun. The plant produces small white flowers in the spring and blue fruits, but these are not ornamental and largely hidden by the leaves. Water your Japanese holly once or twice a week during the growing season and feed once in the spring with an acidified fertilizer such a Miracid. Best wishes with your new shrub.