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

box-leaved holly - ball

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2 lt pot (20cm ball) £34.99
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Buy Ilex crenata Dark Green ('Icoprins11') (PBR) box-leaved holly - ball: A great alternative to box balls

  • 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

    Clipped to form a loose ball, this tough and tolerant plant will make an excellent alternative to box. It has lustrous, evergreen foliage, and takes urban pollution and shade in its stride. Perfect for pots, it can also be dotted through the border, providing a year-round anchor to more frivolous planting.

  • 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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Does what it said on the tin


Did exactly what I wanted which was as an ornamental, structural evergreen ball instead of Box. Very slow growing.

The ignorant gardener



Perfect replacement for diseased box.


Ideal topiary candidate


N. Kent



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Can this be kept pruned as a ball in the same way as box/buxus? I know you sell ball shaped wire and secateurs for trimming box - would they work the same way on this. I am looking for a couple of plants for formal display either side of a door and wondering which to go with. I have a very healthy box tree in the garden, but am concerned that my neighbours look in poor condition and are possibly diseased.


Yes, this will make an excellent alternative to Buxus, and it can be trimmed in exactly the same way - ideally in late summer.


I love the look of this as an evergreen topiary ball in a new border. Is it too late to plant this in cold wet Lancashire or should I wait until Spring 2019 to be sure of its survival?


These are fully hardy, so now is a great time to plant.


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