Shrub ID please?

peejaysayshiMay 31, 2014

This kind of looks like a boxwood to me, but it is wayyyy more spindly and thin than any picture I can find online. It also doesn't seem to have the smell that I see references to, sort of like cat pee.

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peejaysayshi

A close up..

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 3:36PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

An Ilex of some kind, I believe, but I don't know Hollies at all.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 3:57PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Looks like an Ilex crenata variety. There are many named ones. They also pop up in our local wooded areas.

They can take some pruning. Now would be a good time, so don't be timid. They'll get more dense with at least 4-5 hours of sun.

This post was edited by dave_in_nova on Sat, May 31, 14 at 18:35

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 6:34PM
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esh_ga

Yes, one of the Asian hollies. Very attractive to bees when those flowers open up, but they only flower for about 2 weeks.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 8:40PM
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peejaysayshi

Did a lot of searching and it definitely looks like Ilex crenata, even though I've never noticed berries or flowers.. I must have just missed them.

Thank you so much!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 11:55AM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

There appear to be flower buds in your photo!

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 2:46PM
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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Or maybe those are the berries just developing, I can't tell.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 2:51PM
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gardengal48

At this time of year, those are flower buds. Flowers are very inconspicuous when they do bloom and it is typically only the bee activity that signals the flowers are open. As is common with hollies, there are both male and female plants so berries may never be present if this is a male clone.

btw, Japanese holly takes very well to pruning if you wanted to restrain some of that leggy growth..

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 3:40PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

look at the spring green shoot growth .. looks like it is at least a foot per year ...

learn how to prune it fast... or you wont be looking out that window in a few years ..

which may or may not be a problem.. depending on the view ...

and with that growth potential... you should understand.. that it was planted a few feet too close to the house ... since you dont know what it is.. i am hoping the prior owner made that mistake ...

head to teh shrub forum.. if you want to followup on all this ....

hi pj ... took me a minute to figure that out.. lol ...

ken

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 7:17PM
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