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- Author or Editor: G. K. Eisenbeiss x
Ilex crenata Thunb. is one of nearly 200 species of holly indigenous to eastern and southeastern Asia. The species was introduced into cultivation in Europe about 1864, and into the U.S. shortly afterwards. Ilex crenata is probably the most successful small-leaved evergreen, dioecious shrub in the eastern U.S. for use in foundation plantings, as accent plants and in hedges. At the present time more than 125 named cultivars of I. crenata have been introduced into cultivation. These clonal sections are distinguished by different habits and rates of growth, varying leaf shapes and sizes, contrasts in adaptability to variable landscape purposes, and versatility in hardiness, as well as heat tolerance.