Fastigiata Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata 'Fastigiata'
Fastigiata Japanese Holly
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 6b
Other Names: Box-leaved Holly
Valued for its lustrous, tiny evergreen foliage, and its slow, upright growth habit; perfect for smaller landscapes; can be sheared for a formal appearance
Fastigiata Japanese Holly has attractive dark green foliage. The tiny glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It produces black berries in mid fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
Fastigiata Japanese Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Fastigiata Japanese Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Fastigiata Japanese Holly will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium 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 moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. 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.
Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.