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Ilex crenata ‘Steeds’ – Steeds Holly

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Ilex crenata ‘Steeds’ – Steeds Holly

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Ilex crenata ‘Steeds’, known as Steeds Holly, is a standout evergreen shrub that offers year-round beauty with its glossy, dark green leaves and compact, pyramidal growth habit. Ideal for creating formal hedges, privacy screens, or as a singular accent in the landscape, Steeds Holly is celebrated for its ease of care, resistance to pests and diseases, and adaptability to a range of soil types. Whether planted in full sun or partial shade, this versatile shrub maintains its vibrant color and shape, making it a favorite choice for gardeners seeking to add structure and elegance to their outdoor spaces.


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single




6, 8b

Height Range (ft.)

6.00 to 10.00

Spread (ft.)

4.00 to 6.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description

Green, White



Soil Type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil pH requirements

Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline



Suggested Use

Border, Hedge, Screen, Specimen, Superior Hedge

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Product Description

Discover the timeless elegance of Ilex crenata ‘Steeds’, or Steeds Holly, an evergreen shrub that brings structure, color, and texture to the garden throughout the year. With its glossy, dark green foliage and distinctive pyramidal form, Steeds Holly is a versatile choice for a variety of landscape designs.

Key Features of Steeds Holly

  • Year-Round Interest: The dense, dark green leaves provide a lush backdrop to any garden setting, offering visual interest in all seasons.
  • Pyramidal Growth: Its naturally pyramidal shape lends itself well to formal garden designs, requiring minimal pruning to maintain its neat appearance.
  • Disease and Pest Resistance: Steeds Holly is notably resistant to common pests and diseases, ensuring a healthy and vibrant plant with little maintenance.
  • Soil and Light Flexibility: Thriving in a range of soil types and conditions, from full sun to partial shade, Steeds Holly is a hardy addition to any garden.

Cultivation Tips

  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade, with more vibrant foliage color and denser growth in sunnier locations.
  • Soil: Adaptable to most soil types, provided they are well-drained. Tolerates both acidic and alkaline conditions.
  • Watering: Establish with regular watering and maintain moderate moisture levels for optimal growth.
  • Spacing: For hedges or mass plantings, space plants approximately 3 to 5 feet apart to allow for their mature spread.

Landscape Design Ideas

Steeds Holly’s elegant form and evergreen nature make it ideal for a variety of uses in the landscape. Use it to create a formal hedge or privacy screen, plant as a foundation shrub for consistent greenery, or feature it as a standalone specimen in a focal area of the garden. Its resilience and adaptability also make it suitable for urban gardens or coastal settings, where conditions can be challenging for less hardy plants.

Environmental Benefits

In addition to its ornamental value, Steeds Holly provides habitat and shelter for birds and other wildlife, enhancing the garden’s biodiversity.

Incorporate Ilex crenata ‘Steeds’ into your landscape for its enduring beauty, structural form, and low-maintenance care. Whether shaping the perfect hedge or seeking an elegant accent for your garden, Steeds Holly offers both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits, making it a cherished addition to any outdoor space.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.