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Soft Touch Japanese Holly
The Soft Touch Holly is a very attractive low-growing, mounding evergreen shrub with...you guessed it...leaves that are soft to the touch. More details below!

Soft Touch Japanese Holly

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Soft Touch Holly
Ilex crenata  'Soft Touch'

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

The Soft Touch Holly is a very attractive low-growing, mounding evergreen shrub with...you guessed it...leaves that are soft to the touch. No spines at all on this one! Even from a distance, the naturally dense mounds are soft in appearance. The leaves of this cultivar are a deep grayish blue-green and smaller and narrower than some of its cousins. As with other Japanese hollies, Soft Touch can be left to grow natural or sheared to form domes, squares or other various geometrical shapes. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

It's naturally dense and mounding habit to about 2 to 3 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet wide (depending on pruning), and the fact that it responds very well to shearing, makes Soft Touch Holly one of the best evergreen shrubs for use where a low growing evergreen shrub is needed in home foundation plantings and landscape borders. 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, in groupings or mass plantings, as a low natural to formal hedge, or sheared to various geometrical shapes.  

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




Cultural Preferences

Soft Touch Holly is easy to grow in most any average, moist but 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-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  2-3'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  2.5 to 3' for solid hedges;  6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Tiny, inconspicuous
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
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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