Identifying Holly Variety - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Orion, MI
Question by Doeschers
April 29, 2001
I purchased a pyramidal shaped holly bush with small oval to round shaped leaves(almost looks like a boxwood,only deeper green) and the tag was marked "Steeds Holly". Have you ever heard of this variety if so, tell me how to take care of it. Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2001


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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