Japanese Holly Hoogendorn

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Bullet-proof groundcover! Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union has given us coffee milk, grinders, and quahogs! While you may not familiar with these things, you will be glad we introduced you to the wonderful Hoogendorn Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Hoogendorn')! This is a male Holly species and while there are small white flowers in the spring that the bees adore, they are small and not showy, but nor will they create any seeds or fruit!

A superior dwarf, Japanese Holly Hoogendorn shrub, it's an amazingly compact broadleaf evergreen groundcover and a wonderfully space-saving option. A thickly branched, and mounding, wide-spreading shrubs, they choke out weeds for year-round carpets of green! Plant among female Ilex crenata selections to pollinate them.

Discovered at Hoogendorn Nursery in Middletown, it's cold-tolerant and water-wise! Growing low and tidy, these maintain a densely branched, compactly mounded shape without pruning. Small, finely textured, dark-green foliage, is a perfect Boxwood alternative! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, Hoogendorn spreads 2-3 feet wide at maturing and only 18-24 inches tall.

Planting and Application:

Hoogendorn makes a wonderful short border shrub around larger beds, or along walkways for definition. Growing thick enough to be weed-block under trees and large open areas, and for hassle-free mass plantings for a beautiful, year-round carpet. Plant en masse as a low-maintenance, weed-blocking living mulch or groundcover that fills in for carpets of garden greenery between large and small shrubs and trees.

Great spillers over the edges of planters, rambling along the sides of paths, and Hoogendorn at the edges of garden beds that transition into lawns instantly appear neater. Plus Hoogendorn is one of the best foundation plants and container evergreen around!

If you have rocky ground, this Holly happily carpets the spaces between! Hoogendorn rambles over hardscapes and softens retaining wall edges. These are excellent choices for en masse, Rock Gardens, or xeriscaping! Add finishing touches to Asian and Zen-inspired gardens, letting spill and fill around the water's edges! Fitting right into modern and informal gardens, or country cottage gardens and urban courtyards alike.

  • Compact Dark-Green Foliage
  • Versatile Dwarf Broad-Leaved Evergreen
  • Thick Carpet Chokes Out Weeds
  • Male Selection - Fruitless/Seedless
  • Pollinates Female Ilex crenata Selections
  • Great In Containers
  • Foundations, Mass Plantings, Underplantings, Groundcover, Edging & Borders

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Discovered thriving in the far north-eastern US, there's no need to worry about harsh winters because Hoogendorn will stay evergreen. Doing best in full sun and part shade, Japanese Holly just needs well-drained soil and is not particular on the type. Be sure to water well to establish young plants during their first year. An easy-to-grow, Boxwood-like Holly that is very adaptable - but will grow best in slightly acidic soils that are not allowed to dry out too much. Mulch is very beneficial for this plant. Verticillium wilt-resistant plants!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade Tolerant
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Verticillium Wilt, Disease & Deer Resistant
  • Easy-Care & Cold Hardy

Hoogendorn Japanese Holly is a "bulletproof" groundcover and you'll be glad you ordered yours from Nature Hills Nursery today! See for yourself what a tough, low-maintenance living weed blocker this amazing plant is!

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Japanese Holly Hoogendorn Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Hoogendorn'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring