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Green Dragon Japanese Holly*

Ilex crenata 'Green Dragon'

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Green Dragon Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Green Dragon') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Green Dragon Japanese Holly

Green Dragon Japanese Holly

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  18 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Boxleaf Holly

Description:

The male counterpart of Dwarf Pagoda, it is otherwise an equally stunning dwarf, dense and tightly compact evergreen shrub with tiny foliage and a wonderfully artistic habit of growth; use as a pollenator for Dwarf Pagoda or on its own lofty merits

Ornamental Features

Green Dragon Japanese Holly has dark green foliage. The small glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Green Dragon Japanese Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Green Dragon Japanese Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Green Dragon Japanese Holly will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Green Dragon Japanese Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing the canvas against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
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Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features