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Patti O Box® Japanese Holly Ilex crenata

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
48" 24"
36 - 48"
12 - 24"

This plant is hardy in zones 6 - 8

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
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    Small, refined columnar evergreen.

    Smaller than its sister Sky Pointer®, Patti O Box® has smaller, darker leaves and glossier foliage. Much darker than typical I. crenata, this petite evergreen is perfectly scaled for smaller gardens and patios, and is perfect for flanking formal entryways.

    Top reasons to grow Patti O Box Japanese holly:

    - Perfectly scaled for formal front porch landscaping

    - Easy to grow in containers (zone 6 and warmer)

    - Shade tolerant evergreen

    Formerly sold as Patti O®.

    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Salt Tolerant
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    12 - 36 Inches
    12 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Landscape, containers

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers moist, acidic soils with good drainage. Fertilize with a controlled release fertilizer in spring. Pruning is seldom needed, but may be trimmed in summer.

    Patti O Box® Ilex crenata 'FARROWSK6' USPP 25,852
  • 1 Review

    • I yearned for classic evergreen shrubs that would greet me at my front door each day. These Japanese Holly were very small when I planted one in each tall urn on either side of my front door three summers ago. Doing a little more research I learned that they grow rather slowly . I regretted not choosing a couple of Green Mountain boxwoods, but I became determined to stick with them. They stretched up six more inches by the end of the second summer. This summer I have watched them spread outward and grow several more inches. With no more than fertilizing each of them in the spring and keeping them evenly moist they have lived happily and healthy in their very respectful urns. They ask for no more than that. I plant two smaller containers of annuals every summer and place them in front of each urn. The Japanese Holly are a lovely foil. But it's in the winter that I appreciate them most, with their abundant tiny shiny green leaves and tiny black berries. When winter has wrapped itself around the deciduous branches of trees and shrubs in the garden and tucked the perennials back under the mulched and pineneedle-covered ground, these hollies are a joy to see. I'm glad I gave them the time needed to become established and have enjoyed watching them stretch out each summer.

      United States
      11 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
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