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Chesapeake Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Chesapeake'

Lustrous black berries are attractive to birds which feed on them in fall. Excellent carefree shrub for even green background that can be sheared for a formal appearance. Makes a good medium height privacy or wind screen hedge. Evergreen.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks kre-NAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityDense, upright pyramidal shrub, slow growth to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeBlooms in spring.
Design IdeasSuch a dense, fine textured holly is a natural for informal hedges. Create naturalistic barriers both physical and visual to partition the garden or to disguise ugly land uses. Also works well as a pseudo-windbreak to protect small outdoor living areas. Can be used as a cover up for utilities in foundation planting. Makes a good topiary form when sheared as well as a formal hedge for more rectilinear gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Growth Habit9
Growth RateSlow
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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