Japanese Holly Hoogendorn

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Bullet-Proof Japanese Holly Hoogendorn Groundcover

  • Fantastic Groundcover
  • Great Low Hedge, Border & More!
  • Easy-Care & Cold Hardy
  • Disease Resistant Foundation Or Underplanting
  • Great In Containers
  • Thick Carpet Chokes Out Weeds
  • Versatile Dwarf Evergreen
  • Compact Dark-Green
  • Deer Resistant
  • Water-Wise

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')!

A superior dwarf, these are amazingly compact broadleaf groundcovers. A thickly branched, evergreen shrub, they choke out weeds for year-round carpets of green!

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!

How to Use Hoogendorn Japanese Holly In The Landscape

Hoogendorn makes a wonderful short border shrub around larger beds, or along walkways for definition. The edges of planters, paths and lawns instantly appear neater, plus Hoogendorn is one of the best foundation plants and container evergreen around!

Growing thick enough to be weed-block under trees and large open areas, and for hassle-free mass plantings. If you have rocky ground, this Holly happily carpets the spaces between! Hoogendorn rambles over hardscapes and softens retaining wall edges.

Perfect under large trees for a beautiful, year-round carpet. Asian and Zen-inspired gardens and waters edges are perfect locations, fitting right into modern and informal gardens.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Discovered thriving in the far north-eastern US, there's no need to worry about harsh winters; Hoogendorn will stay evergreen in zones 6 through 9.

Doing best in full sun and part shade, they just need well-drained soil. Be sure to water well to establish young plants during their first year. Afterward, these are very water-wise choices for en masse or xeriscaping.

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 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
#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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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 Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring