Steeds Japanese Holly

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Gorgeous Green Steeds Japanese Holly

  • Upright Pyramidal Growth Habit
  • Beautiful Broad-Leaved Evergreen Structure Plant
  • Lustrous Foliage is Rounded, Not Prickly
  • Superb Privacy Hedge
  • Easily Takes Shearing and Pruning
  • Tiny White Flowers in Spring for Butterflies and Honey Bees
  • Ornamental Blue-Black Berries for Birds
  • Wonderful Winter Interest
  • Can Be Grown in Urban Areas
  • Cold Hardy & Heat Tolerant
  • Versatile and Easy-Care

Hard-working Steeds Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'Steeds') gives your landscape an elegant charm. Rely on it for an attractive, steadfast color all year-long.

Professional landscape designers include evergreens and broad-leaved evergreens as the "bones" of their design. They understand how important their dense, green branches become in winter.

With dark green, shiny foliage Steeds is a particularly helpful variety. It grows without fuss or muss into an upright pyramid. Prune it into a formal hedge, or use it as a natural landscape accent.

You might decide to wait until after the small white blooms of spring have come and gone to prune Steeds. They are a nectar-rich resource to feed critical beneficial pollinators in your neighborhood.

Any blooms left will naturally develop into pretty, blue-black berries in fall for the birds to feast upon. No pollinator required!

This is a densely branched foundational plant that makes a terrifically subtle impression. Enjoy their glossy, rounded leaves all year, as well.

Ground your home to the land using a series of these workhorses. Steeds repays you with privacy and charm.

Steeds Japanese Holly is a handsome shrub and a sophisticated stand-out. It is also cold hardy, heat tolerant, and resistant to pests and diseases.

No wonder designers love to include them in their plant lists. Order enough Steeds Japanese Holly from Nature Hills to complete your project today!

How to Use Steeds Japanese Holly in the Landscape

Use these architectural plants as a formal hedge along your property line or driveway. You can keep them as short as you'd like, or let them grow out to their full height and glory.

Create a solid hedge by planting them three and a half feet apart. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Try a shorter row of them behind your patio seating, or to create "living walls" around an outdoor dining table. Add a boost of flower power with columnar Purple Pillar Rose of Sharon on either side of the entryway.

One can become a magnificent winter feature. Plant at the corner of your house to anchor the foundation planting.

Try one near your garage and allow it to grow to its full height and spread. You'll ease the moment of transition to the side yard in an elegant way.

You can also boost the look of all your sunny planting beds. Repeat the use of Steeds on the north side of shorter perennials to provide them a lovely backdrop.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant them in full sun for best results. They'll give you high performance with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Give them a medium amount of water on a regular schedule. This is crucial in times of extended drought. Applying a three-inch layer of wood mulch over the root systems will help keep the soil cool and moist.

Steeds won't tolerate wet soils with standing water. The soil needs to be well-drained.

Use raised planting beds if needed to improve drainage. Mound additional soil to 18 - 24 above grade and add a landscape edge. Keep raised beds watered well.

Prune to control size or to shape your plants in early spring. Prune the top as a single layer, and ensure the pyramidal sides remain angled. The widest portion should always be at the bottom, so it receives enough sunlight.

Enjoy the flat, rounded and richly hued leaves of this stunning broad-leaved evergreen. It lends an air of bravado to your landscape all year-long, without asking for much in return.

Order Steeds Japanese Holly today!

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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50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
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Steeds Japanese Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Steeds'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No