This form of Japanese holly, is fast growing and is a very good hedge either sheared or un-sheared. It is a handsome utility plant that is a durable alternative to the slower growing boxwood. Sheared it is best when the ultimate desired size is 4 to 5 feet high and the same width or left to grow un-sheared 5 to 6 feet high and wide. Dark evergreen leaves that are convex easily distinguish the selection and make an elegant backdrop to the flower garden or provide strong form in architectural gardens. Ilex crenata 'Convexa' is durable and easy to manage, a real workhorse in the garden. Drought tolerant when established.