Boxed leaved Holly (Ilex crenata 'Dark Green')
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Commonly known as box-leaved holly, Ilex crenata is a slow-growing evergreen shrub often chosen as a more robust alternative to box (Buxus sempervirens), owing to its resistance to box blight, box tree caterpillar and low temperatures.
Ilex crenata ‘Dark Green’ has deep-green, convex leaves that more closely match those of true box leaves. Clipped into topiary shapes, it’s ideal for adding year-round structure to borders or for growing in large containers.
For best results, grow Ilex crenata ‘Dark Green’ in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Acidic soils are preferred, but they’ll usually tolerate growing in chalky soils.