Hoogendorn Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Hoogendorn'

A low growing, densely branched, compact evergreen shrub with handsome, flattened, dark green foliage. Very reminiscent of boxwood. Male plant; does not produce berries. An elegant choice for use in shrub borders, as a low hedge or in mass plantings. Has impressive cold hardiness.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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LoreLinnaeus gave this genus the name Ilex after the holly oak of Europe (Quercus ilex) even though these plants are not related.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growth to 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasUse this plant as a groundcover to block weeds over large areas of the garden. Neatens up edges of planters along walks, paths and lawn. Covers up unattractive open spaces between trees and larger old shrubs that have lost their lower leaves. Superior cover up for mortar, plastic and utilities around the edges of water garden. Great problem solver for rocky ground where this holly carpets spaces between rock outcroppings.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseHedge, Mass Planting, Poolside
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Pollenizer, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsThis groundcover does very well to cover the ground plain beneath Pagoda Dogwood, (Cornus alternifolia), Hick's Yew, (Taxus x media 'Hicksii'), Pocahontas Canadian Lilac, (Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Pocahontas') and Forest Pansy Redbud, (Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy').

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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