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Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' (Box-leaved holly 'Soft Touch')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

Other names

Box-leaved holly 'Soft Touch'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Soft Touch' _ 'Soft Touch' is a compact, dense, mound-forming, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with small, oval, soft, glossy, dark green leaves, bright green when young, and insignificant, white flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by spherical, black fruit.


Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Dense

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Holly leaf blight Holly leaf blight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or trim informal hedges in early spring. Trim formal hedges in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' (Box-leaved holly 'Soft Touch') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Resistant to pollution, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade. Planting is best done in late winter or early spring. Needs a male cultivar planted nearby for fruit production.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

Other names

Box-leaved holly 'Soft Touch'

Genus

Ilex Ilex

Variety or Cultivar

'Soft Touch' _ 'Soft Touch' is a compact, dense, mound-forming, slow-growing, evergreen shrub with small, oval, soft, glossy, dark green leaves, bright green when young, and insignificant, white flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by spherical, black fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Dense

Toxicity

Berries may cause discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

White, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf-mining sawflies , Scale insects

Specific diseases

Holly leaf blight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 or trim informal hedges in early spring. Trim formal hedges in late summer.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch' (Box-leaved holly 'Soft Touch') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Resistant to pollution, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Ground Cover, Cottage/Informal, Architectural, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or dappled shade. Planting is best done in late winter or early spring. Needs a male cultivar planted nearby for fruit production.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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