Scientific Name Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'
Common Name Soft Touch Japanese Holly
Hardiness Zone 5 to 8
Size Dwarf, mounded, compact form. To 2' tall by 3' wide
Growth Rate Slow
Exposure Sun to part shade
Group Shrub - Evergreen
Characteristics Leaves alternate, simple, very small (1"), ovalish. Silver midvein, flexible branches and soft foliage.
Very similar to Ilex crenata 'Helleri' but smaller and much less stiff.
Landscape Uses Good for textural differences in foundation plantings.
Good as a backdrop for miniatures roses or annuals - helps the colour of the small flowers stand out.
Can be used as a low hedge or in a formal landscape because of its dense rounded shape.
History Introduced in the 1980's by Magnolia Garden and Nursery, Chinchula, AL.

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