Steeds holly (Ilex Crenata “Steeds”) Zone 5 to 9
Steeds holly (Ilex Crenata “Steeds”) is an evergreen holly that has a pyramidal shape. Being a Japanese holly it has small shiny oval shaped leaves. The shiny leaves are a medium green on the new foliage and then turn darker with age. During late summer to fall Seeds Holly will produce an abundant amount of dark purple-blue berries that are good for adding winter color and attracting wildlife. The problem with this shrub is that if you do not trim it on a regular basis the foliage will become thin and will not grow evenly, so I recommend trimming it at least 2 times per year.
Steeds Holly Landscape use
I think Steeds Holly makes a great shrub for planting on either side of a door for a formal look or for planting between windows to give your landscape some height and to break up a plain looking wall. When using Steeds Holly as a foundation shrub, make sure to space it at least 3 to 4 feet away from a house or sidewalk to prevent lots of unwanted trimming. It will also make a good hedge shrub for privacy or a wind breaker, keeping them spaced 3 feet apart so they will grow together to make a wall. Steeds holly is a good shrub if you have the time to do some trimming.
Steeds Holly Facts
Mature height: 6 to 8 feet.
Mature width: 5 to 6 feet wide but can be trimmed much smaller is desired.
Soil type: Adaptable to most conditions. Steeds Holly will grow best in acid soil.
Growth rate: Moderate. It will grow 8 inches per year under good conditions. Using holly-tone plant food will speed up the growth.
Moisture: Well drained. It needs watering when first planted and in extreme heat.
Flower: Small white flower that is inconspicuous.
Winter color: Medium green.
Seed: Steeds Holly will produce attractive blue-purple berries in fall that stay on the shrub into the winter.
Maintenance: Moderate. It will need trimmed twice a year to control growth and to make the foliage thicker.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade is best.