Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata

Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata

5 reviews
  • Drought tolerant

  • Low maintenance

  • Soft textured foliage

  • Evergreen

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Dwarf Evergreen Holly with Soft Textured Foliage

Like the Soft Touch Holly shrub’s name suggests, this Ilex crenata cultivar adds a ‘soft touch’ to your garden or landscapes. It is not comparable to other holly varieties with its soft-textured foliage that features no sharp spines.

The Soft Touch compact Holly bush features a unique low, dome-shaped form, flexible branches, and soft to the touch, dark green leaves. The glossy green foliage of the soft holly bush is in a dense mounded form and small shape.

The plant has white flowers that turn into ornamental black berries that line the green shrub during the fall for great winter season interest.

This variety of holly is great for a low foundation plant, soft textured evergreen shrub hedges, or planted in borders as an accent. Soft Touch dwarf Japanese holly is best as a mass planting shrub.


The best time to plant is in the spring or early fall growing season. It is drought tolerant and adapts to a variety of soil conditions. The Ilex Soft Touch Japanese Holly is extremely low maintenance and makes a nice alternative to the Helleri Holly.

Easy to maintain the desired size and shape, this ilex crenata soft touch compact holly does not need much pruning. Grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide and has a slow growth rate.

You will need to protect this Japanese holly shrub from cold temperature extremes by planting it in full sun or part shaded areas and away from drying winter winds. Mulching around the root area is recommended to moderate temperature fluctuations.

Does best in USDA growing zones 5-9. Prefers slightly acidic soil and the addition of slow release all purpose fertilizer before the new growth of green color. It is intolerant to alkaline soils as it will cause the leaves to yellow. If you are in hot dry weather be sure to keep moist, well drained soils.

Soft touch holly diseases include brown rot, spider mites, and other insects. Proper care and maintenance are required if a problem does occur. Insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, and neem oil are excellent choices for protecting your plants.

Shop the Soft Touch Japanese Holly for sale. It is easy to grow and pleasing to the eye! Planting instructions will be included.

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Botanical Name
Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Foliage Color

Mature Width
2-3 ft

Mature Height
2-3 ft

Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Holly Came in Great Condition

I was having a hard time finding anyone with SoftTouch Holly in stock in a 2-3 gallon pot. I ordered one from Perfect Plants to replace one that had died out over the winter. It came shipped on time and arrived in good condition. It's now in the ground and doing well so far


Perfect Plants

Hi there, Thank you for your awesome support of our family-owned business, we really appreciate customers like you that take a bit of time from their day to leave us a great and honest review. We hope you love your new plant and that it thrives for years to come. Best, Shirley




Perfect Plants

Hi James, Thank you for the review and the purchase of our Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata! Hope your days are as soft and lovely as this shrub, we thank you again for your support!

Puya P.

Best looking shrub in my garden right now. Completely green and no dead spots. Will mulch for winter.


Perfect Plants

Sounds like you have yourself a winner there, Puya! Hope you enjoy your Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata for many years to come. Take care!

Lisa D.

Plants were beautiful! They absolutely look beautiful lining my sidewalk.


Perfect Plants

Thank you Lisa in entrusting us to assist with your sidewalk project. Hope you're enjoying your new Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata. Take care!

Sandra L.

I needed a new shrub type for my privacy fence and the soft touch looks great where I planted it.


Perfect Plants

Hi Sandra! Thank you for your feedback and allowing us to assist with your privacy fence project. I am positive that the Soft Touch Holly Shrub Ilex Crenata will do well. Happy planting!

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