Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' Japanese Holly
Soft Touch Japanese Holly is a dense, mounded, evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate. It will reach a relatively short height of 3 feet and has soft-textured leaves without the sharp spines typically found on Japanese Holly. Soft Touch Japanese Holly glossy green leaves also have an interesting silver mid-vein. It works well planted in borders, as an accent, or along walkways. Black ornamental berries persist throughout winter for cool season interest.
Plant in the full sun. The shrub can be pruned to manage its size and it tolerates drought, shade, air pollution, poor soils, and is easy to transplant.