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Ilex crenata Topiary Ball 50/55cm 10L Japanese Holly

Topiary Ball 50/55cm 10L Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)
Topiary Ball 50/55cm 10L Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)Close-up of Ilex crenata Topiary Ball

Ilex crenata Topiary Ball 50/55cm 10L Japanese Holly

GBP199.99
Price: 199.99 (Including VAT at 20%)
Ilex crenata commonly known as Japanese Holly is a true alternative to box and increasing in popularity. Being non-susceptible to the diseases and pests that affect Box yet retaining all the key attributes which make Box an ideal topiary species, this lovely evergreen is now making its mark.More InformationMore Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Slow Growth Rate
  • Blue Flowers
  • Evergreen
  • Has Berries
  • Instant effect for any Garden, Patio or even Front Door
  • Ideal for Planters
  • Planting Conditions: Suitable for normal (not wet), clay and chalk soils, planted in full sun to lightly shaded areas and inland, coastal or exposed sites
 

Product Details
Product Details

Traditionally Topiary Balls are grown from Box Plant (Buxus sempervirens) which gives them a neat and formal appearance. However, this particular topiary ball is Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly) which has an exceptionally similar appearance despite its 'Holly' name. However, unlike Box, Ilex crenata doesn't suffer from blight or Box Moth problems and is therefore considered an excetionally suitable alternative to Box plant topiary, particularly in the Southern part of the UK where the Box Moth in particular is more prevalent.

With its small, rounded, glossy leaves and dense habit, slow growth and ease of maintenance, it has all the same attributes that make box ideal for topiary and is therefore ideal for shaping and trimming. It will also regenerate from old wood where Box will not and unlike Box won't suffer from leaf scorch on pruning. All of this makes Japanese Holly a fantastic species for first time topiary growers and for those looking for a Box look without the potential Box problems.

These Topiary Balls will look stunning planted into containers, standing proudly at an entrance or doorway, planted en masse or even combined with softer plants, such as grasses and perennials, to add a contrast in texture.

Visit our Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly) page for more detailed information on this species.

Maintaining and caring for your Topiary

To keep a good shape and tight growth, topiary needs all-round and all-over light so it is incompatible with shade, although potted specimens can be rotated. Clipping should be done when the opportunity, inspiration, enthusiasm and weather all combine to make it possible - in late summer, so that there is the longest period of time (until May or June the following year) to enjoy the tightly clipped shapes. Some enthusiasts clip in early summer too but never clip too early in the year - you must make sure there is no possibility of night frosts. Always use very sharp tools and we recommend that plants are watered first before clipping which helps the cut leaves to heal quickly.

All our topiary is hardy and suitable to withstand all that our weather can throw at us but given the expense of each piece, it is our recommendation that you take particular care to protect topiary - just simple precautions like gently brushing snow off, using pointed rather than flat topped shapes where long periods of snow are normal, providing ventilated shelter from severe winds and ensuring that specimens are well watered in summer and sheltered from very strong sunshine which can burn as much as winter winds.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)12 delivery charge (orders up to 60 incl VAT) Orders of 60 and over - FREE
Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)12 delivery charge (orders up to 100 incl VAT) Orders of 100 and over - FREE
Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page

It's Quick! - most orders are despatched within 3-5 working days!! (Some trees can be 7-10 days see product pages for info.)

Next Day Delivery is Available - We can offer next day delivery on eligible species and sizes for an additional £12 incl VAT. Call 01257 263 873 to find out if your order is eligible.

It's Convenient - no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)

It's Tried & Tested - we use only couriers who have shown consistency in their efficiency & care

* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after any discounts have been applied.

Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee

Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
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