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Emerald Spades Japanese Holly

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Emerald Spades Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata  'Emerald Spades'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  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

'Emerald Spades' is a Japanese Holly that grows naturally in a pyramidal form. We found this amazing Holly at a farm in central Georgia a few years ago. Now, it's a top seller at our land-based location and online. It has small, shiny, oval shaped, boxwood-like leaves with no points. We think it looks like a cross between a Dwarf English Boxwood and a Steeds Holly. It's slow to moderate growth habit and natural tight pyramid form requires no pruning. That said, if a tighter form is desired plants can be sheared once or twice a year.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Emerald Spades Holly can be grown in the ground or in pots. Either way, it is the perfect choice to plant either side of the front door or to accentuate other entryways. It is also ideal for use as a specimen, in small groupings, between windows or to frame corners in home foundation plantings, or in straight or staggered rows to line a driveway or walkway. 

Spacing:  2.5 to 3' for solid hedges;  6' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

The Emerald Spades Holly is easy to grow in sites that provide a moist but well-drained soil and full sun to light 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 find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Holly shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  4', or so. We aren't sure yet. Easy to maintain at 3' 
Width at Maturity:  2-3', or so. 
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Medium 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

Plant Long & Prosper!

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