Heller's Japanese Holly

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Evergreen Heller’s Japanese Holly Defines Your Garden!

  • Lovely Dark-Green Foliage
  • Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Tiny Greenish-White Blooms
  • Small Black Berries on Female Plants
  • Dense Dwarf Form
  • Deer Resistant
  • Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Versatile Landscape Use
  • Shear to Any Size or Shape!
  • Great Topiary Plant
  • Deer Resistant!

When it comes to hedges and broadleaf evergreens, most folks instantly think of the well-known Boxwood. However, few realize the amazingly wide variety available to them!

Let Nature Hills introduce you to the Heller's Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Helleri')! A dwarf, dense, multi-branched shrub that has all the benefits of an evergreen hedge plant without any of the detractors that can plague Boxwood in some parts of the country!

Compact, small dark-green leaves, slow-growing dwarf form, and naturally rounded spreading habit, Heller's has so many benefits! Slower growing and low-maintenance which for you, means less work!

Inconspicuous greenish-white, dainty spring blossoms appear and are mildly fragrant. Advantageous bees will enjoy these adorable blooms! If your shrub is female, you (and your songbirds) will enjoy a sparse offering of small black fruit in the fall!

How to Use Heller's Japanese Holly In The Landscape

Heller's Japanese Holly is used in front of taller shrubs and foundation plants as a facer plant, to hide bare stems or 'legs'. Their tidy form gives clean outlines for your garden plots with a tidy green barrier. Providing definition and clean visual lines between lawn and garden bed.

Naturally low-growing and maintenance-free, Heller's creates verdant blocks of color as mass plantings. Plus, they can be sheared as neatly and cleanly as you need!

For low formal and informal hedges, Heller's is a great plant for beefing up the dreary winter landscape! There really aren't many applications where this hardy landscape plant won't improve with its presence.

The natural arching stems of unpruned plants have a graceful, playful look. Really standing out when used as an accent plant or specimen. Liven up a rock garden or top your rock walls with easy-care evergreens.

Heller's withstands heavy pruning and can be used for topiary.

#ProPlantTips For Care

It's important that Heller's Japanese Holly receives regular waterings during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

Tolerant of both full sun and part shade without losing any coloration. Heller's is tolerant of pollution, urban and city environments won't phase this tough plant!

Heller's really performs their best in any well-drained soil but since they are so highly adaptable they even tolerate poor, sandy, and clay soils! This plant performs best in even moisture and acidic soils.

The dense mound, full of charming small leaves, this Holly really doesn't require pruning. However, when pruning is needed, it's best done in very early spring before you see new growth.

Evergreen shrubs are the keystone element for most landscape design! Bring definition and elegant clean lines to your garden-scape by calling Nature Hills to order yours today! You'll receive amazing landscape appeal and easy-care evergreen with the addition of Heller's Japanese Holly!

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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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 .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Heller's Japanese Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Helleri'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Fruiting Time 2 - 5 years
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No