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Hollies are very adaptable as far as sun exposure. Sun or shade is fine, although hollies grown in more sun tend to be denser growing and fruit heavier. Correspondingly, hollies grown in full sun will drink more water. Proper pruning for a denser frame works well for shade grown hollies that may otherwise grow more loose and open. Japanese hollies are best grown in more sun to prevent their bases from becoming bare, or otherwise plant a suitable facer shrub or perennial in front of it.
We recommend special care when planting hollies. They prefer a more acidic environment for their roots. Also, they need more organic matter than other shrubs, preferably at least a 20% content (No higher than 50%). Therefore, when planting, it is best to add some peat moss, well mixed with the original soil back into the planting hole.
Mays Greenhouse 2010