Soft Touch Japanese Holly | Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

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Soft Touch Holly | Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’

Compact Growing Foundation/Border Plant

Dive into the captivating world of the Japanese soft touch holly. This member of the Japanese holly family shines with its distinct texture and alluring presence. The holly soft touch is not just another variant; it's a testament to nature's beauty and sophistication. As an evergreen, it promises year-round vibrancy, lending consistency and elegance to any garden. Beyond its aesthetics, the evergreen nature of the Japanese soft touch ensures that your landscape remains lively and fresh throughout the seasons. If you're looking to introduce a touch of timeless beauty to your space, this holly is the perfect choice.

Why Soft Touch Holly?

Next to Compacta Holly, our Soft Touch Holly is our number two most requested Crenata Holly. Soft Touch Holly doesn’t get as tall as Compact or other Hollies, but it would be considered a second-tier plant for the foundation of the landscape. Flexible stems and soft, glossy foliage makes this holly easy to manage and take care of with less trimming and shaping. Thornless leaves are a bonus too, no more sticky plants to work around when trimming, weeding, and mulching.

What Do I Get?

Soft Touch Holly makes one of the best “small garden” shrubs to use. Mature height will reach 3’ by 3’ for most zones, but it can be maintained smaller for many years. The dark green foliage makes a great backdrop for perennials and annuals alike. Soft Touch blooms tiny white flowers in the spring and black hued berries in the fall, attracting bees and birds throughout the year.

Why Buy From TPF?

We have done all the work, growing you the best shrubs & trees for your garden. All you have to do are these 5 EASY STEPS.... BUY-DIG-PLANT-WATER-ENJOY! With fuel prices out of sight, it makes sense to order from us. The leg work is done, saving you time and money running around looking for the plants for your landscape. All our plants are grown in our nursery, from the growing bed to your flower bed is easy as can be.


Fertilize in early spring with our HICOTE 360 day slow release fertilizer for maximum growth and plant health. 


Our processing time usually is 1-3 days after receiving the order. Orders taken after 4:00 pm on Wednesday through Sunday will be shipped the following Monday.


The Plant Factory, Inc. offers the very best shipping processes to ensure quick, safe, and near-perfect results every time. Cold and heat may deter your order temporarily until it is safe to receive and plant your plants/trees in your area. At our discretion, we will hold order till the threat is gone ensuring you with the healthiest-viable product ordered.

Summer - Above 95 degrees | Winter - Below 34 degrees

Plant Highlight

• Growing Zone: 5-9
• Plant Brand: N/A
• Botanical Name: Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’
• Foliage Color: Dark Green
• Flower Color: White
• Flower Fragrance: Little to none
• Fall Color: Green
• Type: Evergreen
• Mature Height: 2-3’
• Mature Width: 2-3’
• Growth Rate: Moderate
• Exposure: Sun
• Soil Needs: Moist well drained, needs moisture
• Water Needs: Occasionally, like moisture
• Pollinator Friendly:
• Resistant: Deer
• Pruning Needs: Spring shaping before spring growth begins
• Awards:
• Grown by: The Plant Factory

Note: We put pictures and videos on our site to best represent our products, as an example of our quality as a grower. You may, however receive a smaller or larger plant than pictured depending on the season you buy. You may or may not get a plant blooming as shown on our site. We usually trim off blooms because they do not ship well. Your purchase of our plants should be considered an investment in your future garden and enjoy the process of growing it to its full potential.

Why The Plant Factory, Inc is a good choice?

Our plants are grown at our nursery. Our experienced staff use the best horticultural practices to ensure our plants are of the utmost health and quality. We select your plants as if we were buying them ourselves. Our standard goals are to exceed our customers’ expectations. We pride ourselves for great “out of the box” experiences with hassle-free customer service and quick resolutions.

Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation. No other additional, extended or long-term Warranty is expressed or implied. Minor broken branches and some leaf discoloration is considered cosmetic and normal for shipping plants through the mail. Keep in mind when if this happens these minor issues will not affect the health of your plants and trees. Loose soil does not qualify for any warranty replacement. Simply put back in container and water thoroughly, let rest for a few days and then replant.