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Colorful Holly with Year-Round Interest

Compacta Holly, also known as Compact Japanese Holly, Ilex cenata 'Compacta', is an ornamental shrub. Plant several for a lovely, low hedge or even just one as an elegant accent in your perennial bed.

Your Compact Japanese Holly is sure to amaze you with its color and vivacity. New growth stems emerge with a delightful, purple hue that creates a gorgeous mix of shades amid the evergreen foliage. The slightly scalloped edges of the leaves present an additional decorative appearance compared to other common evergreens.

Step up close in spring and you’ll be treated to the sight of adorable little blooms of yellow-tinted, white perfection. The glossy, dark green foliage persists in its this compacta holly evergreen vitality all year-round, accented with petite, black fruit in fall. The fruit hangs on into winter, a boon for wildlife and a decorative feature against the white, winter snows.

Compact Japanese Holly will grow up to 4 feet in height with an equal width. It has an upright habit with an oval shape and well-branched, compact form. Japanese Holly grows naturally beautiful, but is amenable to pruning if you so desire. It can even be guided into particular shapes so is great as a topiary specimen.

Everyone loves a Holly plant, and Compact Japanese Holly is certainly one of the best. Flowers, fruit, uniquely-shaped leaves and a mix of foliage color all come together in this one Holly to make it an outstanding choice. Compact Japanese Holly is even remarkably easy to grow and sure to bring its vibrant color and lively characteristics to your landscape for years to come.

* Ornamental evergreen
* Deer resistant
* Considered allergy free
* Heat and humidity tolerant
* Rabbit resistant
* Urban tolerant

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Compact Japanese Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Compacta'
Foliage Evergreen
Mature Height 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Fall Color Evergreen