Ilex: Soft Touch Latin Name: ilex crenata 'soft touch'
The Basics This evergreen shrub’s growing popularity is due to its lustrous, soft foliage. A delicate look with flexible branches and dark-green leaves are densely compacted. Its round-shape growth habit reaches 2-3 feet in height (2-3 feet wide). Ideally used as accent, in borders, and along walkways.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full sun Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Moderately drought tolerant Soil Conditions: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil; Adapts well to almost any soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 5-9
The Care This evergreen shrub needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Once mature, shearing is recommended to maintain desired shape.