Ilex crenata ‘Green Island’

Japanese holly

Outstanding Qualities

Ilex crenata 'Green Island' has dark, fine textured evergreen leaves with a spreading habit, thus being more wide than tall, and it grows somewhat more open than other cultivars of a similar type. As with most Japanese hollies this attractive cultivar provides great form and function in the garden for foundation plantings, hedges, and en mass. Plus it is a durable alternative to the slower growing boxwood.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver

Culture Notes

This Japanese holly is easy to grow in full sun to dappled shade. It will grow best in well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate. It is drought tolerant once established. It will respond well to pruning or shearing. Plants treated as a hedge will be denser in more sun.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 7

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established