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Gerald L. Klingaman
ILEX crenata 'Hetzii'
Hetzii Holly, Japanese Holly
Japanese holly is a dense, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub native to northeast Asia. The female cultivar 'Hetzii' grows relatively rapidly into a broad rounded medium-sized shrub. The shiny dark green leaves – resembling those of boxwood – are not as small as those of most other Japanese hollies. Neither the white spring flowers nor the black berries that follow are ornamentally significant.
Japanese holly grows best in well-drained, moist, slightly acid soil in full sun to light shade, and benefits from an organic mulch such as pine needles or shredded bark. In hot, dry, or windy sites it is prone to leaf scorch and mite infestations. It takes well to pruning. The relatively large size and rapid growth of this cultivar make it ideal for hedging and screening.
9 - 1
6 - 9
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
6'-9' / 1.8m - 2.7m
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Green
Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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