Patti O Box Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'FarrowSK6' (PP #25,852)

Patti O Box Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'FarrowSK6' (PP #25,852)

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Patti O Box™ Japanese Holly is a wonderful miniature version of the ‘Sky Pencil’ Holly, just perfect when you want a small, very narrow and upright evergreen shrub as a small accent. Plant it in a bed with other small shrubs, or of course put it right into your patio box, alone or with flowers, for some easy height and interest. The tiny leaves and bushy habit are exactly in scale with the small size of the plant itself, which will grow to just 3 or 4 feet tall, as a very narrow pyramid, only one or two feet wide at the base, with branches right to the ground. It can even be used to create a small, very narrow hedge in a small town-garden, or used in planter boxes with other shrubs on a balcony or terrace.

  • Perfect small upright accent evergreen
  • Dense foliage of tiny, rich-green leaves
  • Just 3 – 4 feet tall and a foot wide
  • Easily grown in sun or partial shade
  • Ideal size for pots and planter boxes

The Patti O Box™ Japanese Holly is easy to grow in full sun or partial shade to well-lit full shade. It grows in most well-drained soils, or in regular potting soil in planter boxes. Water regularly when young, and established plants can tolerate short periods of drier conditions. It has no usual pests or diseases, and this plant is incredibly easy to grow by anyone. It needs no trimming to keep its neat appearance, but for perfect symmetry it can be lightly trimmed from time to time.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-8
Mature Width 1-2
Mature Height 3-4 ft.
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 6-8

Simple but beautiful evergreen shrubs are a vital part of any garden, but many grow too big for smaller spaces, and can need a lot of trimming. Especially in smaller gardens, and for enclosed parts of your garden, there is a real need for small, attractive evergreens that look great all year round, don’t take up too much room or need constant trimming, and that can be grown in the ground or in boxes. Now we have the answer. For small spaces in your garden, or in boxes beside the door or on your patio, we are thrilled to be able to offer you the Patti O Box™ Japanese Holly. This cute little lady will bring you just the green accent you want, without growing too large, and without needing lots of care – perfect for a busy gardener in a small town-garden, or even if you only have a balcony and want some permanent planting that won’t need any significant work.

A special form of the popular and tough Japanese holly, the Patti O Box™ Holly is a narrow, upright plant with very small, rich-green leaves packed closely on a dense, upright bush. It grows just 3 or 4 feet tall, and it is only a foot or two wide at the base, with a narrow pyramidal form. The small leaves are perfectly scaled for this small plant, which will always look neat and perfect, growing in a bed with other small shrubs as an upright accent, or in boxes to stand beside a doorway or gateway, or on the corners of a small terrace. You can grow it alone for a simple, elegant look, or plant annual flowers around it. You can also use this great plant in larger boxes, with other, lower plants, such as Encore Azaleas for example, to give flowers over months and months. Create a tiny hedge at the back of a bed, or along a narrow pathway.

Growing Patti O Box™ Japanese Holly Bushes

The Patti O Box Japanese Holly has a narrow, upright form, growing in time to 3 or 4 feet tall. It has a very slim pyramidal shape, and it can be 1 to 2 feet wide at the base, and just a few inches wide at the top. The leaves are very small, just 1½ inches long, and ½ an inch wide. They are a slightly square oval, with an occasional tiny spine or two on some leaves, but mostly smooth. The color is a deep, rich green, without the bluish tone of many Japanese holly bushes. The plant is very bushy, and over time develops a dense form. Flowers and berries are not produced. Trimming is not needed to keep the neat form, but you can trim the tips of the shoots if you want to develop a denser form a bit sooner.

Planting and Initial Care

Grow the Patti O Box Japanese Holly in full sun or partially-shaded places. It will also grow in full shade beneath an open sky, such as along a north-facing wall or fence, clear of overhanging trees. It grows easily in almost any garden soil, just as long as it is not constantly wet. It prefers some moisture, so add compost or another organic material to very sandy soils, to help retain moisture. Water regularly when young, and more established plants will have some moderate drought resistance. It has no particular pests or diseases, and plants usually remain healthy with no special attention at all.

When growing in boxes, make sure your box or pot has drainage holes, and use a regular potting soil, preferably blended for outdoor planters, to fill the box, not garden soil. Water when the top inch of soil has become dry, and always water until some runs away out of the drainage hole. Use a liquid fertilizer for evergreen shrubs regularly, from spring to early fall.

History and Origins of the Patti O Box™ Japanese Holly

The Patti O Box Japanese Holly was created by Michael Farrow, the owner of Holly Hill Farms, in Earleville, Maryland. In 1999 he collected some berries from a plant of the Japanese holly variety ‘Sky Pencil’, that grew among other types of Japanese Holly bushes. The variety ‘Sky Pencil’ has an illustrious parentage, because it came from a plant collected on Mount Daisen, in Japan. That mountain is sacred to Buddhists, and closely protected, but the Japanese botanist Norihiro Shibamichi, had been allowed to collect plants there, and he found a unique, narrow and upright form of Japanese holly growing only on the mountain. He gave it eventually to the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, and they released it to nurseries. This fabulous plant is in effect the big mother of the Patti O Box Japanese Holly, and we strongly recommend ‘Sky Pencil’ if you are looking for a larger, upright holly for your garden or in boxes.

Among the many seedlings Michael Farrow grew, one caught his eye for its tiny, deep green leaves, dense branching, and very narrow upright shape and miniature form. After extensive growing and testing, he patented the plant in 2015, with the name ‘FarrowSK6’. He granted Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan the license of the patent. Our plants are carefully produced under that license, and they are 100% identical to the original seedling. We know just how great the need is for small, neat evergreens for boxes and gardens, so our stock will soon be gone. Order now while supplies remain available.

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Patti O Box Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'FarrowSK6' (PP #25,852)