Ilex crenata 'Bennett's Compacta' - Bennett's Compacta Holly

Ilex crenata 'Bennett's Compacta'

Bennett's Compacta Japanese Holly

Categories: Shrub

Round and compact form, this hybrid offers lustrous dark green leathery leaves along purplish stem. Needs little or no pruning makes it a virtually maintenance free shrub.  Used as foundation, borders and hedge planting.   

We offer Bennett's Compacta 18" to 24" in a 5 gallon container.

More About Ilex crenata 'Bennett's Compacta'

  • Easily transplanted, easy to grow.
  • Low maintenance.
  • All around great evergreen shrub.

Interesting Notes:

The compacta holly is simular in looks and habit to the boxwood and can be used in similar situations.  A native of Japan it is also referenced as Japanese holly or Box-leaf holly.

Bennett's Compacta Japanese Holly Growing and Maintenance Tips

Fertilize in spring with an all purpose fertilizer before new growth begins.  Recommended spacing for a formal hedge is 2 to 3 feet apart.  For a more informal hedge plant 4 to 5 feet apart.  Click on the "About Us" tab to find planting instructions.


3-4 Feet


4-5 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Ilex crenata 'Bennett's Compacta' Characteristics


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture

  • Wet Soil/Wetlands
  • Average Water


  • Fast Growing
  • Evergreen
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color

  • Green


  • Upright

Genus Overview: Ilex

Family: crenata · Common Name: Japanese Holly

Crenata holly is a dense multi-branched evergreen shrub with a round or broadly rounded form, while other varieties have an upright form. All the crenata varieties have medium fine textured leaves that are oval shaped and stiff.  The leaves remain a lustrous dark green color in summer and winter. Does well in full sun or partial shade, adaptable to most soil types but prefers moist well drained soil. Because of its versatility it is widely used in foundation, hedges and mass planting. A very handsome and worthwhile landscape plant.