Japanese Holly is a handsome evergreen shrub. It is dense, rigid and compact and grows up to 6 1/2'. You can severely prune to control height. It tolerates drought and air pollution. It also tolerates poor, sandy and clay soils. It is intolerant of alkaline soils. It tolerates the shade and is easily transplanted. It has a slow growth rate. Small, dark green, crenate, convex leaves. The underside of leaves are dotted with black glands.