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Ilex Crenata Caroline Upright - Ball - 60cm - 55lt

Ilex Crenata Caroline Upright - Ball - 60cm - 55lt

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Ilex crenata 'Caroline Upright' is a charming and adaptable evergreen shrub that has gained popularity in the United Kingdom for its excellent qualities in landscaping and garden design. This Japanese native offers a multitude of features that make it a valuable addition to British gardens.

One of the standout characteristics of the 'Caroline Upright' variety is its growth habit. As the name suggests, it grows in a notably upright and columnar fashion. This natural vertical growth makes it an excellent choice for creating formal hedges and maintaining a neat, structured appearance in the garden. The tightly packed, small, dark green leaves create a dense screen that provides both privacy and an attractive backdrop for other plants or garden elements.

Hardiness is another vital trait for any plant in the UK, and 'Caroline Upright' does not disappoint. It is robust and can thrive in various soil types, provided they are well-drained. It can withstand the unpredictable British weather, including frost and cold temperatures, making it a reliable choice for gardeners in many regions of the UK. This resilience ensures that your garden maintains its lush greenery year-round.

In addition to its hardiness, this Ilex crenata variety is relatively low-maintenance. It doesn't require frequent pruning, and its slow growth rate means less work to keep it in shape. However, occasional trimming may be necessary to maintain its desired height and shape. Its adaptability to a range of soil conditions and sun exposure levels makes it a versatile choice for a variety of garden settings.

The 'Caroline Upright' shrub's evergreen nature means that it remains green and vibrant throughout the year, providing year-round interest in the garden. Its foliage not only maintains its color but also has a texture that adds depth and character to the landscape. This evergreen quality is particularly valuable during the winter months when many other plants have shed their leaves.

In summary, Ilex crenata 'Caroline Upright' is an exceptional evergreen shrub for UK gardens. Its upright growth, hardiness, low-maintenance requirements, and year-round greenery make it a versatile and attractive choice for gardeners seeking to create formal hedges, topiaries, or simply add structure and interest to their outdoor spaces. Whether used as a focal point or part of a larger landscape design, this Japanese native adds a touch of elegance and enduring beauty to British gardens.

  • Common Name

    Ilex crenata 'Carolina Upright'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    East Asia

  • Flower

    Small white

  • Foliage

    small, spineless glossy dark green

  • Maturation period

    10–20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

1.5–2.5 m

Mature Width

1–1.5 m

Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period


spring, summer


all year


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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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