Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) in the Ilex Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Ilex crenata Accepted
Ilex crenata f. convexa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 16, 2012 1:42 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What large Evergreen do I have? by keithp2012 Jun 10, 2016 5:59 AM 13
tall plant/shrub for part shade by blueeyes Mar 26, 2016 7:37 AM 6
Trees (or very tall skinny bushes?) to form a screen by RickCorey Oct 15, 2013 7:03 PM 6
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