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Compacta Japanese Holly
Compacta Holly is a hardy evergreen shrub with oval to rounded shiny, dark green leaves. More details below

Compacta Japanese Holly

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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 is not 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

One of the most commonly used shrubs in home foundation plantings, 'Compacta' Holly is a hardy and attractive, boxwood-like, evergreen shrub with rounded, dark green leaves. It reposnds very well to shearing so can be maintained at a height and width of 3 to 4 feet, or will reach a height of up to 6 feet without sheering. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Because it responds so well to shearing into formal shapes, 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 formal shapes. We like to use Compacta to accentuate entryways; one on either side sheared to a round or pyramidal form.

Spacing:  3 to 4' for solid hedges;   8' or more 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. We suggest at least 5 hours or more of direct sun light per day. 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 get 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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