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Compacta Japanese Holly - 1 Gallon Pot
Perfect for clipped formal hedges and various topiary shapes and one of if not the most commonly used shrubs in home foundation plantings, 'Compacta' Holly is a hardy and attractive boxwood-like evergreen shrub that responds very well to shearing. Get all the details below!

Compacta Japanese Holly - 1 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 1 GALLON POT

Japanese Compacta Holly
Ilex crenata 'Compacta'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Japanese Holly variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Perfect for clipped formal hedges and various topiary shapes and one of if not the most commonly used shrubs in home foundation plantings, 'Compacta' Holly is a hardy and attractive boxwood-like evergreen shrub that responds very well to shearing. The small, rounded dark green leaves are densely packed on black stems. Ifr left to grow naturally will flower inconspicuously in spring followed by black berries. This Japanese holly so can be maintained at a height and width of 3 to 4 feet. When left to grow naturally it might reach 6 feet tall and wide.


Landscape Uses

Because it responds so well to shearing, Compacta Holly is one of the most popular plants for use in home foundation plantings and for formal hedges in landscape borders. It can be trained to form globes, squares, pyramids and various other topiary shapes. Excellent for use to accentuate entryways and grows well in the ground and in pots. 

Spacing:  3 to 4 feet apart for solid hedges;  8 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Compacta Holly is easy to grow in sites that provide well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. At least 5 hours or more of direct sun light per day is suggested. As with so many other types of ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soils can cause root rot or other harmful plant diseases. Where there is a soil drainage concern, either improve drainage or plant in raised beds to ensure proper drainage.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Holly shrubs.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-6', depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  3-6', depending on pruning
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  May, June
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Mildew, Heat, Clay Soil



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