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Helleri Japanese Holly
Helleri Holly is a low mounding evergreen shrub with small, rounded, boxwood-like, dark green leaves. More details below!

Helleri Japanese Holly

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Heleri Holly
Ilex crenata  'Heleri'

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

Helleri Holly is a low mounding evergreen shrub with small, rounded, boxwood-like, dark green leaves. It responds very well to shearing making it an excellent selection for a low formal hedge or tight "mushroom cap" shape that hugs the ground. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

It's naturally dense and mounding habit to about 2-3 feet in height with a spread of 3-4 feet, and the fact that it responds very well to shearing, makes Helleri Holly one of the best evergreen shrubs for use where a low-growing evergreen shrub is needed in home foundation plantings. With occasional pruning or shearing it can be kept to about half its mature size. Soft Touch is also useful as an underplanting for mid-size trees such as crape myrtles and Japanese maples, as a low-growing natural to formal hedge, in mass plantings, or sheared to form domes, squares and rectangles, and various other geometrical shapes.  

Suggested Spacing:  3' for solid hedges;  7' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Helleri Holly is easy to grow in sites that provide moist but well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. We suggest a minimum of 5 hours or more of direct sun. 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 take measures to improve 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-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedges;  7' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White, inconspicuous
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  April, May
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 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average depending on form
Attracts:  
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Clay Soil



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