Soft Touch Holly

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Soft Touch Holly For Sale Online

Smaller, Naturally Rounded Holly is a Great Alternative to a Boxwood

Soft Touch Japanese is a smaller, dwarf holly at about 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. It keep a natural rounded form and has dense foliage.  Soft Touch Hollies don’t have the spiky leaves like other hollies, making them great as a low hedge. They are also great as a low maintenance shrub for borders and along walkways or driveways. It is also popular as a foundation planting. Soft Touch Holly shrubs are pretty tolerant of most soil types and are drought tolerant once established.

Mature Height 2-3 ft.
Mature Width 2-3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Part sun, Part shade
Soil Conditions Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance Great
Botanical Name Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 10

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9

Soft Touch Holly Care

The best time to plant is in the spring or early fall. It is drought tolerant once established and adapts to a variety of soil conditions. The Ilex Soft Touch Japanese Holly is extremely low maintenance. It does not need much pruning. Grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide and has a slow growth rate. Prune lightly as needed to keep its shape.

Plant them where they can get full to partial sunlight. Soft Touch can handle about 4 to 8 hours of sun a day.

Frequently Asked Questions


How far apart do you plant Soft Touch holllies?

If you plan to use them as a border, plant them roughly 4 feet apart measuring from the center of each planting hole.

Does Soft Touch Holly generate red berries?

As a Japanese variety, Soft Touch produces black berries. They are not very ornamental but they do provide a great source of food in winter for wildlife.

How fast do Soft Touch Holly shrubs grow?

Soft Touch is a slow grower. It is a compact shrub with dense foliage that does not get more than 2 to 3 feet tall & wide.



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