Ilex crenata var. kin-me Inutsuge (Japanese Holly)
ORIGIN AND SPREAD: Asia
CHARACTERISTICS: glossy, dark green leaves, fast growth; the new sprouts, light green almost golden yellow in March/April, turn intense dark green in May/June; smooth, green-gray coloured trunk; blooms in June with little white flowers in clusters.
CARE:grows well in neutral or slightly acid pH soils, as long as well-drained; water regularly using non calcareous water (if grown in a container provide some protection from cold winter wind); use a slow release fertilizer from March until September.
PRUNING: starting from June and after the new vegetation has reached 15-20 cm.; prevent excessive apical dominance by pruning more frequently the apical shoots as well as the most vigorous ones, in order to preserve the lower or weaker branches; preventive disinfections with an acaricide from April until September are advised as well as a white oil treatment in winter.