Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Countries: Asia, Japan

Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is a slow growing Japanese holly, with a naturally upright, columnar habit, that grows to 3 – 5 meters (10 – 16ft) tall.

Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is an evergreen holly, that features small, dark green, glossy leaves and produces tiny black berries. 

Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ can be used as an alternative to Box, as it has a similar growth habit with tiny leaves that gives a similar look to Buxus.  Box or Buxus plants are being increasingly infected with Box blight and damaged by the Box Tree Moth caterpillars, as the Box Tree Moth has increased its range and is now commonly seen in the UK.  This holly is one of many plants that can be used in place of Buxus, it has the benefit of being a plant with a similar appearance, that is not troubled by so many problems and can therefore have a healthier appearance and is easier to grow.

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