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.
Patti O Box® Japanese Holly Ilex crenata
- Part Sun to Sun
36 - 48 Inches12 - 36 Inches12 - 24 Inches91cm - 1.2m30cm - 91cm30cm - 61cm
This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Sky Box®.
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 InterestFall InterestWinter InterestSalt TolerantResists:DeerSmall or Miniature
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2mSpacing:12 - 36 Inches 30cm - 91cmSpread:12 - 24 Inches 30cm - 61cmFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement: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).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Landscape, containersMaintenance 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
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Cathy, Maryland, United States, 4 years ago