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Ilex Brass Buckle®
  • The bright yellow foliage and neat tidy habit of Brass Buckle Japanese holly.
  • A handsome specimen of the dwarf, gold leaf Japanese holly, Brass Buckle.
  • Two specimens of golden evergreen Brass Buckle Japanese holly next to the purple flower of a butterfly bush.

Ilex Brass Buckle®

A bright gold evergreen for year-round cheer
ZONE 6,7,8
As low as $14.99
  • Colorful every day of the year
  • Neat and useful dwarf habit
  • Tiny white flowers in late spring
  • Naturally grows with a neat, rounded shape
  • Makes a shapely specimen or nice edging
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Ilex Brass Buckle® Description

  • Useful dwarf Japanese holly has consistent bright gold foliage
  • Glossy, colorful foliage looks great all year round
  • Perfect for edging, rock gardens, railroad gardens, containers – anything you can imagine.
  • Tiny white flowers in spring
  • Dense, compact habit means no pruning

Special features: evergreen, miniature, colorful foliage.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Ilex crenata 'ANNYS1'
  • Common name:
    Japanese holly
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Moist, well-drained soil.
  • Soil moisture:
    Average. Leaves can brown if it becomes too dry too often.
  • Height x width:
    1-1.5' tall and wide
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
    Yellow green
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Hedge, Low hedge, Specimen, Containers, Formal gardens, Native plant gardens
  • Patent:USPP 26997
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI



Soil:  Moist but well-drained soils are best. Though Japanese holly can take some dryness, foliage will begin to brown if it drys out frequently or severely. Do not allow to dry out severely in winter.  
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day).
Water:  Average to abundant (as long as soil is well-drained).
Space:  2-3' apart, depending on landscape role.
Fertilizing:  If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well.
Winterizing:  2-3" of shredded bark mulch is important to protect the shallow roots and minimize water loss. Do not allow plants to enter winter "thirsty" – dry soil during cold, windy weather is the main cause of leaf browning or even the plant dying.
Maintenance:  Trim as needed to maintain shape and size desired. Save major pruning for mid-late spring, after new growth has emerged but before it becomes hard and woody.