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Steeds Upright Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Steeds'

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Steeds Upright Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Steeds'

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Ilex crenata 'Steeds'

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Steeds Upright Japanese Holly is the perfect small evergreen shrub for any garden. It is hardy to minus 20 and thrives across a wide range of climates, so it can be planted almost anywhere. This is a different plant from common holly, with smooth leaves a little like boxwood. It has a strong upright form, reaching 8 feet or more, while only perhaps 3 feet across. It is perfect for accenting the corners of a home, making dense hedges of all sizes, planting in containers, or for any location where you need the permanence and beauty of rich green, evergreen foliage. This shrub will grow well in full sun or partial shade, in all kinds of soil and it is pest and disease resistant.

  • Small glossy evergreen leaves of a rich green
  • Sturdy, dense upright form
  • Grows well in all kinds of soil – and sun or shade
  • Perfect accent plant for your foundation plantings
  • Clips into a dense hedge of any height

Planted in rows Steeds Upright Japanese Holly makes a great hedging plant. It can be kept low, or grown into a hedge 8 feet tall, depending on your needs. It will make a dense, impenetrable hedge without requiring constant clipping and always looks neat and attractive, whatever the season.

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