Holly - Japanese

Ilex crenata


USPP 25,852

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Pair of Patti O Ilex crenata in terra cotta planters on front porch
  • Evergreen
  • Versatile habit
  • Shade tolerant

Another great plant from Maryland plantsman Mike Farrow! Narrower than its sister Sky Box®, Patti O Box® holly has glossier foliage and the same space-saving fastigiate habit. Much darker than typical I. crenata, this petite evergreen is perfectly scaled for smaller gardens and patios, hence its name. Please note: this is the same plant that has been sold as Patti O®; it has been renamed to Patti O Box to designate it as a boxwood alternative.

USDA Zone 6 - 8 (-10°F/-23°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 5'

Width 1 - 2'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Ideally, grow in moist acidic soils with good drainage. Tolerates urban conditions well, however.

Pruning Seldom needed, but may be shaped in early summer if desired.

Uses Superlative as a specimen or space-saving hedge. Very nice in containers, too.

Growing Tips Maintains its narrow, columnar shape with little to no pruning. Chlorosis may occur on alkaline soils. Grows in shade, but color and form are best with some sun.