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Ilex crenata hedge plants

Japanese Holly hedging
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Ilex crenata hedge plants offer a similar aesthetic to Box hedging, due to the small, glossy green foliage and and dense habit. The delightful Japanese Holly makes a wonderful low hedge that provides year-round interest. Japanese Holly hedging is a hardy, low maintenance plant, which is becoming increasingly popular due to its multitude of gardening benefits.

  • Best Features: Glossy dark evergreen foliage, year-round interest, slow growing so keeps its shape well
  • Ideal For Hedges: Up to 1m high
  • Growth Rate: Slow | 10-20cm a year
  • Position: Any normal soil, in sun or semi-shade, inland exposed or sheltered.
  • Also Consider: If Ilex crenata hedge plants are not quite what you are looking for, consider Box (Buxus sempervirens) for a very similar, low-growing plant.
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Japanese Holly hedging (Ilex crenata) description

Ilex crenata (dark green) forms a wonderful evergreen hedge with an abundance of small, rounded, glossy leaves and a very dense and bushy habit. This Japanese Holly hedging produces delicate, white flowers in the spring, followed by small, black autumn berries. Often used in replacement of Box, Japanese Holly hedging is blight resistant and slightly hardier, able to tolerate shade and urban pollution, as well as being better suited to cold climates.

Best uses for Ilex crenata hedge plants

Perfect for low edging, Japanese Holly hedging makes a great privacy screen and windbreak, whilst providing year-round interest. The compact habit of this tough, versatile evergreen hedging also makes it an ideal choice for topiary shapes.

Combine Japanese Holly hedging with

Ilex crenta - dark green can be grown alone for a neat and tidy evergreen feature, or planted alongside small bulbs and plants to create a cottage garden or informal aesthetic.

Growth rate of Ilex crenata hedging

Ilex crenata hedge plants have a slow growth rate and will achieve between 10-20cm per annum. Japanese Holly is ideal for heights of up to 1m.

Care advice for Ilex crenata dark green

Japanese Holly hedging is relatively low maintenance. We advise pruning twice a year, in May and September to maintain a formal shape, or for a more natural form, simply trim when you feel it is needed, to encourage healthy new growth. Take a look at our Hedging Care Advice section for more information.

Suggested planting density for Ilex crenata hedge plants

For information on planting density specific to Ilex crenata dark green, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type. Visit our advice section to find out more about planting density guidelines.

Ilex crenata hedge plants are available to purchase year-round as Pot Grown Plants.

On the whole, our Japanese Holly hedging is UK grown by our experts who are thoroughly experienced in nursery growing. Occasionally, we find it necessary to source plants from outside of the UK, in this instance we make it our priority to ensure that our overseas suppliers cannot be beaten on quality. At Best4hedging, we strive to ensure that your Ilex crenata hedge plants arrive in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest standard, all whilst protecting our great prices. Rest assured, you can buy Japanese Holly online with complete confidence.


Delivery Cost

  • Orders £50 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
  • Orders under £50 (ex. VAT) to mainland UK £9.95
  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Free delivery over £150

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3-5 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products but please call before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold back orders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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