First Editions® Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly

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This strong architectural Holly will make you want to stick to the straight and narrow! The First Editions® Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata 'PIIIC-I' PP29,578) retains its remarkable shape without any pruning or maintenance! The Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly won't let your winter go gray. This broad-leaf evergreen will look stunning from fall to winter and back, again.

This shrub is prized for its shape and strength. While other columnar Hollies will drop their branches and begin to need maintenance after a storm or as they age, this one does not! It has been tested for years to confirm that its upright branches won't sag or droop. Imagine all the time you'll save not pruning this naturally tidy plant!

This male Japanese Holly is mess-free but does have little white blossoms that pollinators adore! This attractive shrub features small true-green glossy leaves. They are richly hued and flat for a tidy appearance. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 8 and can reach a 6-8 foot height while only growing 2-3 feet wide at maturity!

Planting and Application:

This strong and versatile columnar will become your first choice for architectural hedging or accent height. This shrub is perfect for screening, and marking the edge of your property line. One on each side of your front door will make for a grand statement.

Do you want to create a privacy screen around your pool deck? The Straight & Narrow®Japanese Holly is happy to do that!

Do you want a hedge that will look like you pay someone to trim it perfectly while you never have to lift a finger? The Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly will do that, too!

Perfect for those tight spaces where you want a backdrop planting, or some screening along the narrow sideyard, this slender shrub is perfect for lining a pathway or along your driveway too!

Want a vertical thriller for year-round beauty in a large pot or planter or as a handsome container specimen? You need a Straight & Narrow®! This plant's upright and narrow shape makes it ideal for those narrow areas that need visual interest - even if those areas are on a porch, balcony, or patio!

  • Upright, Columnar Shape
  • Provides Winter Interest
  • Broad-Leaf Evergreen Japanese Holly
  • Tiny White Blossoms for Pollinators
  • Mess-Free Male Holly
  • Versatile Hedge, Specimen, Container Focal Point or Vertical Accent

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This ornamental broad-leaf evergreen shrub grows best in well-drained soil that is not too wet or too dry. It does best in full sun. This variety is a fruitless male, but it is grown for its small glossy foliage and excellent columnar form. Prune your Japanese Holly in late winter or early spring unless you are using them to pollinate female Ilex crenata, therefore wait until after flowering to trim up your shrubs. However, this tidy plant will rarely need any maintenance.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune If Needed In Late Winter/Early Spring

With a First Editions® Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly, your neighbors will wonder where you find the time to keep your hedge so neat and tidy! This straight and narrow shrub will keep your secret and so will we. So, order yours today at Nature Hills and show off your landscaping artistry.

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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
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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First Editions® Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-8
Growing Zones 6-8
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Ilex crenata PIIIC-I
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter