Ilex crenata is an unusual holly that is growing in popularity. It can be clipped into formal shapes and topiary form and as such gives strong structure to the garden over the whole year. It has small glossy leaves which are minutely toothed. It is slow growing so needs less clipping than many other topiary subjects. 'Blondie' is a variety that has striking light green new growth. It only needs pruning once a year.