21 of the Best Japanese Holly Cultivars to Grow at Home

A close up horizontal image of the foliage of Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) growing in the garden.

Japanese hollies are easy-care, evergreen shrubs that come in an astounding array of shapes and sizes, with leaves that range from dark green and petite to large and yellow. Some varieties have columnar growth habits and others are low-growing shrubs. Learn about 21 of the best Japanese holly cultivars in this guide.

How to Grow and Care For Japanese Holly

A close up horizontal image of the foliage and black berries of Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) growing in the garden.

Japanese hollies are essentially maintenance-free and untroubled by pests or disease. Deer and rabbits just hop on by, and your pruners will gather dust in the shed, because they maintain a tidy shape without any work from you – unless you plan to shape them into elaborate topiaries, and that’s great too! Read more.

How to Grow and Care for English Holly

A close up horizontal image of the glossy green leaves and bright red berries of English, aka common, holly (Ilex aquifolium) growing in the garden.

English holly puts the jolly in holiday decor. The cheery red berries brighten early winter landscapes and sustain songbirds, while the evergreen foliage is a must in wreaths and cut arrangements. Read more now to learn how to grow this Christmas holly as a tree or trained shrub, from transplanting to pest control.

How to Grow and Care for American Holly Trees

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If you’ve never tried growing American holly before, you’re in for something special. With glossy leaves and bright red berries, nothing says winter cheer quite like this plant. But is it hard to grow? How do you encourage the bushes to produce berries? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more now.

Must-Have Tips for Growing Inkberry Holly

A close up horizontal image of inkberry holly, Ilex glabra growing in the garden with dark purple berries contrasting with the light green leaves, pictured in light sunshine on a soft focus background.

Inkberry holly is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers in the spring. By autumn, blue-black drupes, or berry-like fruits, make a late-season feast for foraging birds. Inkberry holly is easy to add to the landscape, especially with these tips for successful cultivation. Ready to grow your own? Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Oak Leaf Holly

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Oak Leaf holly is a hybrid cultivar with unique, shapely leaves and bright berries, that provides year-round interest to the garden. This stately, pyramid-shaped evergreen shrub is ideal as a specimen planting and can be pruned into a formal hedge or privacy screen. Learn how to grow Oak Leaf holly in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Winterberry Holly

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Nothing says winter cheer quite like the bright red berries of a winterberry holly, so why not try growing your own at home? Learn everything you need to know to add this beautiful woody shrub to your yard or garden, including some of the best uses for the deciduous perennial. Hint: holiday decor is top of the list.