Ilex crenata 'MARIESII'

Ilex crenata
Ilex crenata 'MARIESII'
Japanese holly, box-leaved holly
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°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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Many people mistake Japanese holly for buxus thanks to its small, evergreen leaves. Mariesii is an exception and very few amateurs make the same mistake in case of this variety since this holly is very different, almost a collectors' gem.

Mariesii Japanese holly has unique foliage - the evergreen leaves are small but broadly obovate, almost rounded, deep green, set densely along the stiff branches like scales, and reflecting sunlight like tiny mirrors. Looking at the shrub with a little bit of imagination you may think you are watching a green coral reef, this is how interestingly shaped this plant is.

It grows VERY slowly, making only about 10 cm per year, the twigs are rather thick, purple red when young, turning grey-green with age. Its slow growth and inimitable habit makes it ideal for bonsai makers who create all sorts of bizarre shapes out of it. Being a female variety, it produces profusion of small, creamy white flowers in mid spring, followed by abundance of small, inedible, glossy, black berries if pollinated by a male variety from nearby.

It can be pruned and clipped in almost any way in early spring or by end July. Japanese holly is usually trouble-free, tolerates any soil apart from compacted (clay) and boggy, and can withstand summer dry spells once established. However, for best results and leaf colour grow it in medium fertile, moist but well-drained acid soil. Fully hardy to abt. -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update: 27-01-2016
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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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