Ilex crenata Dark Green ('Icoprins11') (PBR)

2 litre pot £18.99
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Buy Ilex crenata Dark Green ('Icoprins11') (PBR) box-leaved holly: Can be clipped into topiary

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow to average
  • Flowering period: May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This bushy evergreen shrub can be tightly clipped into almost any shape, so will make a really viable alternative to box (Buxus). This is particularly useful if your existing box plants have been affected by blight, which has become more widespread over the last few years. This Ilex has small (to 2cm long), slightly glossy green leaves, and may develop rounded black fruits in autumn. Tolerant of shade and urban pollution, this is a tough, long-lived and versatile plant.

  • Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - remove diseased or misplaced branches in spring. Trim plants grown as formal hedges in late summer. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Bought these plants to create topiary animals - they are ideal and easy to shape. Very pleased with them.

sandra blair



Good plant


Good plant propagates through cuttings.




Great for japanese style planting


Bought this for a Japanese style area in my garden. Should be robust, but have "lost" a stem already, I think it may be down to my heavy clay soil and having been too wet?





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Can you tell me what sort of size your 2 litre pot-sized ilex crenata plants are on delivery? Thanks.


They will all be different, but as a general guide, most of them will be around 15-20cm in height.


I've read that ilex crenata requires acidic soil? Is that true?


Hello there This plant will grow in acidic, alkaline or neutral soils. Hope this helps

I planted a new hedge using Ilex Crenata last autumn. I'm a little concerned as the leaves are now slightly yellow (although remain on the shrub).I planted them in a newly created large border which I'd added well rotted manure/compost to. The soil is clay and I live in the North West. I'm hoping they are just slow growing and will soon burst into life now summer is here ( there were no spring flowers on them).


Hello, Yellow leaves can be caused by a number of things, but is usually a result of a watering problem (either too much or too little) , or a lack of fertiliser. We have had a particularly cold spring, so I would not expect to see much new growth just yeat, but you could give them a feed with a good general purpose fertiliser such as Viatx Q4.


Please could you tell me the best way to form a cube about 40cm square from Ilex crenata and which variety of Ilex crenata would be best? Thanks.


Hello, We currently only sell one of the cultivated forms of Ilex crenata - called Dark Green, which we think is ideal for topiary. To create a cube, you will just need to let the plant grow on and then give them a light trim each year to encourage even bushier growth. Gradually, you will then be able to clip it to shape when it reaches the desired size. It will probably take a few years to get it to a perfect cube, but it will look really good once it is done.


Hello, Ilex crenata has been recommended to me as a suitable plant to make into a cloud tree. Is this the right Ilex to use and how long to make a decent specimen of it. This will have to stay in a pot.


Hello, As you can see from the photos, this plant is excellent for topiary, but you will need to be really patient if you want to create a cloud-pruned tree as it will take many years (say around 10-15 or more) to create a tall, well-developed specimen.


What height are plants supplied. I am thinking of doing cloud pruneing would these be suitable.

head in the clouds

Hello there These plants are delivered as unclipped plants that will be approx 20-30cm tall by approx 20cm wide. Hope this helps.

I need to fill a gap at the end of a trellis and the beginning of a path it's about 1 and a half metres wide and a metre deep how many ilex crenata plants would I need for that space and would it be stable at that width up to a 2 metres high. Thanks


Hello, It really depends on how impatient you are. Each of these plants has an eventual spread of around 3m, so in theory, you may on;ly need one, but if you want more immediate impact, then I would plant them at 45cm intervals and clip it as you would a hedge.


I have just read that bonemeal should not be used when planting Ilex crenata as it burns the roots. Could this be true? I did use a little bonemeal in the planting hole when planting recently, and one of the three plants does look a bit unhappy.

grumpy gardener

Hello, I am not sure where you read this, but I have never heard this before either. Bonemeal is usually an excellent thing to use when planting as it encourages root growth, but it may be possible to scorch the roots if you do not follow the instructions and use too much.


can I plant Ilex crenata dark green at the bottom of a large privet hedge to fill in the gaps to stop dogs getting through the hedge


Hello, You could, but keep in mind that the roots of the hedge will be large and far-reaching, so these will be taking up nearly all of the available water and nutrients. Therefore whatever you plant will need to be kept really well fed and watered until it has had a chance to become well established.


Hi- I would like to grow a neat low hedge to replace box - affected by box blight- can you recommend planting spacing per metre? Many thanks


Hello there I would plant at approx 25-30cm apart to create a hedge. Hope this helps.

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