Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata 'Schwoebel Compacta'
Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly foliage
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Other Names: Box-leaved Holly
A low, wide growing, densely branched evergreen shrub with slightly convex light green foliage that resembles boxwood; a lovely choice for use in shrub borders, as a low hedge or massed in the landscape; protect from winter sun and winds
Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It has attractive light green evergreen foliage. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain light green throughout the winter.
Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Schwoebel's Compact Japanese Holly will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.