Ilex crenata ‘Dwarf Pagoda’

dwarf Japanese holly

Outstanding Qualities

This unusual Japanese holly is very dense and dwarf. The congested growth slowly develops into a column of short and stubby branches. The tiny and shiny dark green leaves densely cover the stems. As it matures it has an artistic and sculptural quality that only improves with age.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: This evergreen shrub looks great all year long.

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana’ or ‘Nana Lutea’, Galanthus nivalis, Cyclamen coum, Saxifraga ‘Primuloides’, Sedum ewersii, Sedum sieboldii

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream ,silver

Great Color Partners: burgundy, green

Culture Notes
Give this slow grower a well drained to sandy soil with full sun to light or open shade. This dwarf holly appreciates occasional watering during dry weather once it is established. Do not crowd this shrub. It is easily overwhelmed by its neighbors. Light pruning can be done in the winter to enhance the sculptural quality of its growth.