Ilex crenata ‘Northern Beauty’

Japanese holly

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Outstanding Qualities

Ilex crenata 'Northern Beauty' is a vigorous evergreen shrub with dense branching and dark green leaves which are larger than most other Ilex crenata cultivars. As with most Japanese hollies this handsome 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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 7

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

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.