Green Luster Holly shrubs are low-growing shrubs with dark green leaves that are perfect for using as a low hedge. Green Luster is drought-tolerant and can grow in a wide range of soil conditions. It is more cold hardy than other Japanese holly shrubs allowing it to be used further north. Ilex crenata Green Luster prefers full sun but can be equally as happy in part sun. Very versatile and can be used for hedges, foundation plantings, or mass plantings. The black berries are a favorite of songbirds.
- Partial Shade to Full sun
- Mature Height : 3 to 4 Feet
- Mature Spread : 5 to 6 Feet
- Zone : 5 - 8
Plant Care Instructions and Attributes
- Green Lustre Japanese Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries in mid fall. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.
- Green Lustre Japanese Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
- It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location.
- Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Note: The plant is shipped in its pot, firmly secured with several layers of clear tape, thereby avoiding any shuffling and moving during transit. The plant reaches you with minimal damage- very safe and secure. We have been shipping plants like this for several years (plant are sometimes shipped in smaller pots for safety and ease of shipping). Most plants go dormant in fall and winter and will lose most of their leaves - looking dead and dry - very normal. They will flush out in spring.
We cannot send ship some plants and some sizes to California due to restrictions placed by department of agriculture.