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Soft Touch Holly

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Soft Touch Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Soft Touch Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

2-3 ft.

Mature Width:

2 ft.



Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

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A Holly that Won't Scrape You!

The Soft Touch Holly is quickly becoming a popular shrub choice due to its small size and soft, flexible foliage.

No more worries about being pricked by holly leaves with this one! Small, glossy leaves are accented by tiny flowers in the spring and black colored berries in the fall and winter... attracting all kinds of birds to your landscape.

Mature height of 2-3 feet makes this shrub an ideal selection for gardeners with limited space and works well as a border or foundation plant.

It's uniform, rounded habit also makes this a low maintenance choice for those who want a polished landscape without all the work.

Prefers partial to full sun. Tolerant of various types of soil, as well as drought. A good shrub selection for zones 5-9

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Customer Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
22 Reviews
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Beautiful Healthy Green Plants
My hollies arrived in fantastic condition. Very healthy, and very very green. I bought four 3 gallon plants and all were equally healthy and beautiful. I had to wait to plant them, and after about a week in the shade they still looked the same as the day they arrived. Based on my experience so far, I'd highly recommend this product and fast growing trees.
October 26, 2018
2 months ago
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Adorable ??
This plant with the little round leaves and the beautiful green color are adorable! I received it a couple weeks ago and still have not been able to plant it and it is still healthy.
August 10, 2018
5 months ago
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nice plant
Never ordered a plant online before, but this was a good experience. I ordered 12 soft touch holly plants and they arrived in very good shape, are attractive and healthy. I would recommend Fast-Growing Trees.
July 11, 2018
6 months ago
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Great experience
My hollies came in great condition and were packed perfectly . I was truly impressed with how well they were packed. I've had them for about a month now and they are doing well despite the brutally hot, windy conditions we have here. Watering them daily seems to keep them healthy during their first summer in Kansas.
June 29, 2018
6 months ago
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So far so good.
I put it in shortly after receiving it. It arrived in good condition. It appears to be growing nicely. The real test will be whether it survives the winter.
June 11, 2018
7 months ago
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Nice Surprise
I was looking for bushes that I could use as hedges to parallel my front walk, but they had to grow 2 feet wide and about knee high. I decided to give these a try. I like them a lot more than I thought I would. The leaves were a very dark green when unboxed, but after being in the sun for a day or 2, they brightened up to a bright grassy green color (see picture). I’m really pleased with them, and getting compliments from the neighbors already!
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June 2, 2018
6 months ago
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Love them, growing good so far! Wish I would have spent a little more money and got the bigger ones. Super excited!!
May 18, 2018
7 months ago
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Overall, pleased with purchase.
Planted last year about (15) plants - first spring for plants.Plants were about 1' in size. All still looking good but growth will take a few years to look like catalog photo's.Overall, looking healthy and promising!
May 15, 2018
1 year ago
Very pretty bush.
June 13, 2017
Topeka, KS
over 2 years ago
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The one plant I got is doing very well. Looks great on my deck.
June 8, 2017
1 year ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Soft Touch Holly

Soft Touch Holly Planting Diretions

Likes full sun, but will take afternoon shade in the south. Plant 2-2 Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
attractive to birds
Adelina R on Nov 14, 2018
Decorate around pool
David V on Oct 1, 2018
attractive to birds
Adelina R on Nov 14, 2018
small, compact and low maintenance
E L on Oct 14, 2018
Decorate around pool
David V on Oct 1, 2018
Accent around an area close to house. Needs to be green and slow growth, low growing.
Danny M on Jul 9, 2018
Perfect size shrub to line walkway.
Korin P on Jun 9, 2018
Needed a shrub approx 2 ft wide & knee-high. These will make a terrific hedge!
Ed M on Jun 5, 2018
i selected it as a foundation planting. i think it will be an attractive addition to my other plants.
beverly w on Jun 3, 2018
We like the glossy foliage and to add rich color to our front landscaping
Patty c on May 27, 2018
JAMES E on May 6, 2018
BRENDA G on Apr 23, 2018
I checked the reviews
Terrance R on Mar 24, 2018
I love these small shrubs because it said they are soft, I just see them just gently blowing in a light breeze as it passes through my patio I am building.
Verlene B on Feb 19, 2018
Smart choice for small spaces.
Richard G on Nov 13, 2017
Match existing plantings
Sheila W on Oct 27, 2017
Maximum height. Sun. Color.
Elizabeth B on Oct 21, 2017
It has a nice look for front of home and the soft touch of leaves is a plus! I will order a few more when my finances allow me to do so.
Robert B on Oct 6, 2017
Love the look and color
Mary L on Sep 26, 2017
Great small shrub that can easily be maintained and shaped.
David S on Sep 14, 2017
easy care and soft
Loretta L on Jul 27, 2017
Not too tall....nice looking and deer resistant....
Diane C on Jul 22, 2017
It will grow in my zone.
Jane T on Jul 2, 2017
Compact, evergreen, soft touch, good reviews.
Betty S on Jun 18, 2017
Compact and evergreen!
Evgeniya T on May 31, 2017
I needed a beautiful "hedge like" bush but I'm not fond of traditional hedges. This provides the color I look for and the touchability I like when pruning.
Rita A on May 30, 2017
looks like a good plant for around the back deck.
katina d on May 30, 2017
I have already established plant in my landscape. Unfortunately with the recent FL drought lost a couple due to an irrigation problem. Irrigation has been repaired and want to replace what was lost.
Patricia D on May 28, 2017
This plants looking good for the front walk way and entrance. It's a prefect height.
Timothy T on May 27, 2017
I wanted a compact evergreen shrub to complete a formal garden that has a moderate growth rate. This plant with it's naturally mounded shape fits the bill nicely.
Dusty P on May 27, 2017
Dense, drought resistant, does not grow tall and should fit in my rock garden..
Lashonne M on May 16, 2017
low maintenance
curb appeal
Sindi W on May 9, 2017
never seen it and I want to try it out on a pathway that at times was an "ankle biter" with other plants.
Chris R on May 5, 2017
size and shape
Rebecca B on May 4, 2017
Compact size and price.
Cindy D on Apr 25, 2017
The hollies are the perfect size & color! Plus they will hold the soil on the steep hill. They will be planted as a border beside the steps of our driveway.
brenda t on Apr 25, 2017
Love the small form
Mari F on Apr 14, 2017
low growing for under window
joanne h on Apr 13, 2017
Wanted a low growing shrub that would keep its shape without a lot of pruning.
Christine B on Apr 1, 2017
Customer wanted rugged look
cismetguss m on Jan 11, 2017
Will look great as foundation planting in front of porch.
Richard R on Dec 31, 2016
purchased for some rental property. Looked like it would go well with the landscaping.
Venus G on Oct 8, 2016
local nurseries only had 5 gallon. the hole could only be dug for a 1 gallon, due to irragation pipe.
Jan B on Oct 5, 2016
I wanted something to fill in a small space in the bed bounded by the sidewalk, the front steps, and the porch. won't grab at visitor's clothing or scratch my grandson when he tries to cut the corner.
Bernice W on Oct 4, 2016
Low-growing; no maintenance.
Kathleen M on Sep 24, 2016
Color shape. No trimming. Small flowers spring.
Pamela L on Sep 14, 2016
Wanted small evergreen in front of retaining wall of rose garden
Patricia W on Sep 5, 2016
Right size and maintenance looked real good also. I liked the soft leaves and the touch of small flowers that was also nice; They should look great mixed with my double knock out rose.
Donald E. Clark C on Sep 1, 2016
Cost on sale and slow growing.
James D on Aug 30, 2016
Soft Touch Holly is a nice size, needs no pruning and is a lovely green color. It is just what I was looking for to put in my garden area.
Diana D on Aug 24, 2016
Loved the fact that these are very tolerable of full sun exposure. We've established a bed along the driveway that includes the autumn embers encore azalea and the red rhododendron that should offer a perennial green exposure with bright colored flowers through 6-8 months of the year.
Jack B on Aug 22, 2016
Needed something evergreen that was small, easily managed and fairly deer resistant.
DONNA P on Aug 20, 2016
small, compact and low maintenance
E L on Oct 14, 2018
Accent around an area close to house. Needs to be green and slow growth, low growing.
Danny M on Jul 9, 2018
how much does it grow per year?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Soft Touch is a fairly slow grower, achieving 6 to8 inches of growth a year, until it reaches about 2 1/2 feet. It will keep growing, but very slowly until it is around 3 feet tall and a bit wider. Please keep in mind that the growth rate of any plant is affected by growing conditions, so these are approximate figures!
Is this soft touch holly deer resistant?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Soft Touch is fairyly deer resistant. A hungry deer will eat anything, but this will be low down on their list..
Will it do well in afternoon sun?
Judith K on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This Soft Touch Holly is quite adaptable and will take full sun to almost full shade and still look good. I am assuming from your question that it has morning shade and afternoon sun, which should be fine. If it gets extremely hot and dry, you might need to give it a little water to keep the hot afternoon sun from affecting it, but your plant should be fine. It does require good drainage, so be sure your site meets this need.
Is soft touch holly an evergreen?
J G on Sep 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are evergreens.
How much should you water soft touch holly shrubs?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Soft Touch Holly needs frequent watering. I would say weekly or more often in times of extreme heat. As they get more mature you will need to water less.
Does this holly plant keeps its leaves during a winter climate with snow?
jason m on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in a rainy climate where the temperatures drop down to the 30's in the winter. This is the 1st winter for my holly plants (6 of them) and they did not lose leaves, they looked great all winter!
Will it be ok to grow in Zone 10?
gugu77 on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones a 5-9, so I would not recommend them for a zone 10.
I want something that's going to stay small and not crowd my flower bed. Is it recommended to trim this? How often would i need to trim to keep it small?
Sindi W on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Soft touch holly I purchased hasn't exceeded 6" from the time I planted them, they also don't seem to be a very hardy plant. They have potential to be a really pretty plant if they survive the first six months of growth.
Can I plant the soft touch holly in the fall?
janet e on Aug 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: In a word , Yes. The best time to plant is in the spring or fall. The biggest risk to either spring or fall is the season that follows . If you plant in the spring you risk a hot dry summer . Regular watering mitigate this risk If you plant I'm the fall you risk brutal cold. You can wrap the planting with burlap to mitigate this risk.
I want to plant these in a 'full' sun area (Virginia). Will they thrive?
Thanks, Renee
Renee E on Aug 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I just planted mine this summer in full sun, and they have survived even with days without watering after planting because of being away. I would think they would thrive in your area.
Want shrub to absorb lots of water in the spring. Would this be good for that?
A A on May 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I live in Connecticut and we always have a very wet Spring. My Soft Touch Holly that I planted last year, is doing very well and thriving which is proof they can take a lot of water.
Have read that this shrub is susceptible to a lot of diseases. Have you had problems in this regard?
Linda B on Apr 20, 2018

These are very tough and very resilient bushes! I have bought a number of them from FGT, and they are holding up beautifully with no bugs or diseases. The look is just so nice too. You will enjoy them.
I would like to plant this in mostly shade It will have a tad of morning sun in the summer. The soil will be moist most of the time. Will this be okay?
Lissa W on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine get only some afternoon sun. Maybe 4-5 hours. However, they have not grown very much.
Can this shrub be pruned formally, like a boxwood (buxus)?
Katie on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought four of these early this year. They are pretty much self maintaining. If you do feel the need to prune them, it won't be much. They grow into a its own manicured look. They have hardy thick leaves. The shape of the leaf is gorgeous.
Does deer like this plant?
Snicker on Jan 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We get a lot of deer in our yard and they have not touched these at all.
what is the color of this shrub in the fall?
Chang J on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Stays green year round
Does it fair well in wet soil?
Wanderson S on Jan 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It prefers moist well drained soil.
will soft touch holly grow by cuttings?
nazim m on Nov 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can propagate Soft Touch Holly cuttings
Can Soft Touch Holly be planted in the ground in early September?
Diana D on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant them in September.
What does plant 2-2 mean? I am new to planting. What should the spacing be between them? I would like them to be fuller and not a ton of space between them, kinda like they will look like one big bush when grown. Thank you.
Nancy L on Dec 1, 2018
Do you sell gift certificates?
Matgie on Nov 29, 2018
Can these shrubs grow in containers on a full hot sun concrete patio in California zone 9?
Wendy on Nov 6, 2018
Lisa B on Oct 23, 2018

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