Ilex Crenata Hedge This variety is Ilex Crenata Maxima, a new variety of Japanese Holly. It is an excellent addition to the range of Ilex Crenata plants such as Convexa which are already available on the market. It is very well suited for growing an Ilex Crenata Hedge.
Alternative to Box Hedge
In the UK, Ilex Crenata is perhaps most widely known as a plant for topiary. Due to its dense growing habit, it is also a good plant to use for hedging. In particular, an Ilex Crenata hedge is an effective alternative to Box Hedge. As Boxwood (Buxus Sempervirens) continues to be very susceptible to the dreaded box blight, an Ilex Crenata hedge is in our opinion one of the best alternatives to box hedge. It is a hardier plant while having a similar appearance to Buxus.
Ilex Crenata, more commonly known as Japanese Holly, is an evergreen shrub, very similar in appearance to Buxus (Box Hedging) and is typically used for hedging or beautiful dense topiary.
Ilex Crenata Maxima
The variety Ilex Crenata 'Maxima' is a compact grower with bright green and shiny evergreen leaves. The leaves are small, oval, glossy and dark green. The new foliage in contrast is a very pretty lighter green. Maxima is a Japanese holly that is well-branched. Its compact growth habit and any pruning help it to quickly develop into a compact plant. With its full and sleek shape, Ilex Crenata 'Maxima' is an excellent choice for tight hedges and in beds.
These are all ideal characteristics for hedging plants and these particular plants have been grown specifically with hedging in mind.