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Green Luster Japanese Holly
ideal for home foundation plantings and natural or formal hedges, the Green Luster Holly is a very attractive low-growing, mounding evergreen shrub with wonderful glossy, boxwood-like, dark green leaves that add luster and shine to your landscape. No spines at all on this one! More details below

Green Luster Japanese Holly

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Green Luster Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata  'Green Luster'

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

The Green Luster Holly is a very attractive low-growing, mounding evergreen shrub with wonderful glossy, boxwood-like, dark green leaves. No spines at all on this one! It's small white flowers appear in spring followed by small black berries which are enjoyed by birds. As with other Japanese hollies, Green Luster can be left to grow natural or sheared occasionally to form interesting formal, geometrical shapes and hedges. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

It's naturally dense and mounding habit to about 3-4 feet in height with a spread of 4 feet, and the fact that it responds very well to shearing, makes Green Luster Holly one of the best evergreen shrubs for use in home foundation plantings. With occasional pruning or shearing it can be kept to about half its mature size. That said, it grows so dense on its own that we rarely if ever prune or shear it, only to remove a stray or damaged branch. Beehive is also useful as an underplanting for mid-size trees such as crape myrtle and Japanese maples, as a low-growing natural to formal hedge, or sheared to various geometrical shapes.  


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




Cultural Preferences

The Green Luster is easy to grow in sites that provide a moist but well-drained soil and full sun to light shade. For best foliage density, 5 hours or more of direct sun light is recommended. 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 >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  4'
Spacing:  2.5 to 3' for solid hedges;  5'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Round
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Tiny
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single Petaled
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
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 Lightly Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low when left to grow naturally
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Clay Soil (well-drained), Air Pollution



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