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Steeds Pyramidal Japanese Holly
Steeds Holly is an evergreen shrub with a natural pyramidal form. Being a Japanese Holly it has small, shiny, oval shaped, boxwood-like leaves with no points. Scroll down for more details!

Steeds Pyramidal Japanese Holly

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Steeds Pyramidal Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata  'Steeds'

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

'Steeds' is a unique Japanese Holly in that it naturally grows in a pyramidal shape. It is an evergreen boxwood-like shrub that has small, oval shaped leaves with no points. During late summer to fall Steeds produces an abundant crop of dark purple-blue berries which add winter interest in the landscape and are enjoyed by birds. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a pyramidal form 5-8 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide (depending on pruning), the Steeds Holly is one of the most popular plants for use in the ground or in containers to accentuate entryways. Plant one on either side of the front door or other entryways. Also ideal for use as a specimen, in small groupings, or in straight or staggered rows to line a drive or walkway. Excellent for an outdoor Christmas tree!
Spacing:  2.5 to 3' for solid hedges;  6'+ for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Steeds 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 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. Does not require pruning however a more dense form is achieved with one or two shearing annually. 

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:  5-8' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  3'-4' depending on pruning
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Pyramidal
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:  No
Berry Color:  NA
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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