Ilex (maximowicziana var.kanehirae) IMPALA®

Ilex (maximowicziana var.kanehirae)
Ilex (maximowicziana var.kanehirae) IMPALA®
Japanese holly
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-2.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Rarities
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This Japanese holly is a unique species formerly known as ilex mutchagara. Its correct Latin name is far too long and a bit complicated to both pronounce and spell, hence its modern trade name IMPALA® holly.

The easiest way to describe IMPALA® holly is to compare it with Japanese box-leaved holly ilex crenata. It differs in larger leaves and faster growth. IMPALA® holly has 2-3 cm long, elliptic, evergreen leaves with serrated margins, light green when they emerge, maturing to dark green in summer on purple red stems. It grows quite fast for a holly and branches well which makes it a perfect hedging plant. Pruning is possible from early spring until early summer, light trimming until late August.

Japanese holly is usually trouble-free, it does best in medium fertile, acid, moist but well-drained soil. Once established it can withstand summer dry spells. Grow it in full sun or part shade, in full shade it will lose its shape and brightness. Hardy to about -25°C (USDA zone 6), possibly a little more.

Last update 15-01-2014
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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