Soft Touch Holly

A Compact Holly with a Soft Touch!

  • Low maintenance and easy to grow
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Mature size is 2 x 2 feet
  • Great addition to any landscape!
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Regular Price: $24.99

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Product Details

The Soft Touch Holly shrub is a great all around shrub for your landscape design. These hollies are a no maintenance shrub with a nice soft foliage unlike other hollies.

Soft Touch Hollies give off a nice dark green color with light green new growth. Its leaves are very small and slow growing with a soft texture. This holly is very compact and stays compact. You will not have to worry about any shoots popping up and much if any trimming or pruning.  Enjoy its dark green color year-round from season to season.  

In your landscape, Soft Touch Hollies are great for accenting around a Crape Myrtle or specimen tree.  Soft touch hollies are also great for borders.  If you would like to make a short hedge, plant the Soft Touch Holly about 2 feet apart and they will grow together making a nice hedge.  

  • Easy to grow
  • Easy to maintain
  • Evergreen

Keep your Soft Touch Holly watered regularly in hot, dry climates.  This holly will reach heights up to 2 feet tall and about 2 feet wide.  They really don't need to be trimmed but you can touch them up once or twice a year to keep the size and shape you need.

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 2-3 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Drought Tolerance Semi
Fall Color Green
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'

How To Care for your new Soft Touch Holly

Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Soft Touch Holly.  As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.  

Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun.  They prefer a slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt just about any well draining soil.   After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist.  Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months.  After your Hollies are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells.   Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broad leaf evergreens.   Soft Touch Hollies tolerate pruning well if you want to keep them a certain size or shape.  Heavy pruning is best reserved for late winter or early spring.  You can certainly let your Soft Touch Holly grow naturally with no pruning as well.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.  Mites and scale are insects that can occasionally affect Hollies.  These can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended.   Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.  


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

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Loved the shrubs! Gorgeous!
I didn't know what to expect because this was my first time ordering any plants online, but I was pleasantly surprised. The shrubs were beautiful, full, and the packing was so ingenious that the plants couldn't possibly be damaged during shipping. The website was easy to navigate with lots of valuable information regarding what types of plants would thrive in my state, and how to successfully plant them. I would definitely order again, and I highly recommend The Planting Tree.
October 22, 2014
Good pick
I ordered 6 of the soft touch holly plants to plant around by back yard walkway. I was impressed with the size we received. It was a pleasurable experience.
November 29, 2015
Very nice plant . Fit Prefery for what I needed to do with my newly landscaped front yard.
I ordered these in late summer early fall. They all came alive and in good condition. Planted them within a week or so. So far they are all still alive and looking great. Anxious to see how they do through winter here in kansas and start to grow next spring
October 5, 2016
1 year ago
Nice plants, quick delivery.
Nice established plants, will do again!
November 15, 2016
10 months ago
got my plants yesterday and they were packed so well and sturdy. they were also quite healthy. wife and I just finished planting today. as they grow, they look like they are going to be very nice in our front yard. found a new place for my garden needs, thank you.
April 1, 2017
5 months ago
I would definitely recommend this company. The plants came packaged beautifully and the plants are very hardy. Very very pleased
June 10, 2017
3 months ago
Very good quality soft touch holly!!!
With all of this rain, it is getting established. Looks great surrounded by encore azaleas'
April 27, 2017
5 months ago
We were impressed and pleased with the packing and wonderful appearance of the Soft Touch Holly after shipping. It was fresh and looked better than two previous ones we have had outside for a week or more. We definitely would order plants from ThePlantingTree again.
April 14, 2017
5 months ago
Healthy plant , but disappointed in the size!
This is my first experience ordering any plant or shrub on line. I liked the idea that these were smaller than the ones I had found at local nurseries in my town. They were 3 gallon size vs. these at 1 gallon, and I did not want to have to dig a large hole. So I decided to take a gamble with these. They arrived very nicely packaged , and were very healthy looking. But I assumed the container itself would be a FULL gallon size not including the plant itself. But the containers mine arrived in were more like only 2 quarts MAX in size. I assume the one gallon size included the size of the plant AND container inclusive. Oh well, I planted them anyway, I just hope they survive and GROW FAST. I hope these reach their mature size of 2 feet by 2 feet before I retire--in 8 more years!! I suggest you call and inquire about the actual size of the plant itself before ordering via internet.
September 18, 2017
1 week ago
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Why did you choose this? Store
Compact Growth
Linda A on Sep 20, 2017
wanted an evergreen shrub that is compact in size
Kristen D on Sep 16, 2017
Compact Growth
Linda A on Sep 20, 2017
Already purchased six and needed six more.
Vicki R on Sep 16, 2017
wanted an evergreen shrub that is compact in size
Kristen D on Sep 16, 2017
Your site is very informative and easy to addition, prices are fantastic!
Cynthia N on Sep 8, 2017
It is the right size for where I want to do landscaping
Roxanne O on Sep 7, 2017
I needed a replacement for an old standard holly that I removed. I wanted something more compact. The area fit perfectly into the description of where this evergreen is best suited. The price was excellent and the reviews for your site were great.
Richard C on Aug 17, 2017
I chose this shrub based on it's low maintenance upkeep and the fact that it does not get really big.
Kari A on Jul 13, 2017
Find color and texture
Roger P on Jul 6, 2017
wanted to see this in person before I ordered more and wanted to compare to the Boxwood.
Joan R. S on Jun 22, 2017
Love holly and needed a smaller one. The Nellie R. Stevens holly is a tree and will grow big but I wanted a smaller one around the foundation of the house.
Janice D on Apr 13, 2017
I have 2 already and wanted another one.
Gary C on Apr 10, 2017
My friend ordered these and I liked them and ordered them also.
Gary C on Mar 30, 2017
Low growing, compact evergreen. Easy to grow
MICHELLE Y on Mar 17, 2017
Low compact and stays green all winter. Low maintenance
MICHELLE Y on Sep 5, 2016
replacement holly's and better pricing than at nursery
valarie b on Aug 29, 2016
Pretty, easy care.
Elsa R on Aug 18, 2016
Right size and relatively no maintaince once established
Jennifer M on Aug 17, 2016
NAOMI F on Aug 17, 2016
it is was the right size and price!
Kimberly Z on Aug 9, 2016
Already purchased six and needed six more.
Vicki R on Sep 16, 2017
Your site is very informative and easy to addition, prices are fantastic!
Cynthia N on Sep 8, 2017
Will be doing landscaping in approximately 3-4 weeks from now. Will you have available stock in the soft touch holly shrubs, both small and large at that time?
Phyllis S on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We cannot guarantee we will have inventory, but if you place your order now we are more than happy to put it on hold for you and that will ensure we have what you need in stock:) Email us at or contact us on chat with the order number and when you need them by so we can hold your order.
Is this the same as Ilex glauba?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No this is Ilex crenata 'Soft Touch'
This is middle of Sept. Is it okay to plant this tree now?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, spring and fall are the best time to plant.