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 features a unique low, dome-shaped form, flexible branches and soft to the touch, dark green foliage. This variety of holly is great for a low foundation shrub, short hedges, or planted in borders as an accent. Best as a mass planting.
It is drought tolerant and adapts to a variety of soil conditions. The Soft Touch Holly is extremely low maintenance and makes a nice alternative to the Helleri Holly. Easy to maintain, this compact holly does not need much pruning. Grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide.
You will need to protect this 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 yet well drained soils.
Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'
- Drought tolerant
- Low maintenance
- Soft textured foliage