Soft Touch Holly Ilex Crenata

Product Description

Like the Soft Touch Holly’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 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 holly is in a dense mounded form and small shape.

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

Soft Touch Holly Care

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, this ilex crenata soft touch compact holly does not need much pruning. Grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide.

You will need to protect this japanese holly shrub from cold temperature extremes by planting it in full sun or partially 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 all purpose fertilizer before new growth of green color. If you are in hot dry weather be sure to keep moist, well drained soils. The best time to plant is in the spring or fall growing season.

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

Botanical Name

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 2-3 ft
Mature Width 2-3 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low maintenance
  • Soft textured foliage
  • Evergreen

Shipping Info

Once your Soft Touch Holly Ilex Crenata order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

SOFT TOUCH HOLLY CARE:

The Soft Touch Holly prefers full sun but can tolerate afternoon partial shade. Soil should be well drained and ideally somewhat acidic. They are somewhat drought tolerant when mature, but should be watered regularly until established.

This shrub maintains a small, dense, mounded shape naturally and requires little pruning. Any stray, leggy branches should be trimmed to maintain shape and dead or broken branches should be removed at the base.

When planting as a hedge, space the centers of this Holly 3 feet apart.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Soft Touch holly, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Sandra Leony

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

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  2. Lisa Dohey (verified owner)

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

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hello Lisa, thank you so much for your kind words on our soft touch holly. We are so happy you are pleased! We love to help your garden grow :)

  3. Puya Patel

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

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Don’t you love that soft textured foliage!! Thank you for your order

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