The isothermal crystallization behavior and morphology of a polypropylene (PP)-based copolymer, a metallocene-prepared linear low-density polyethylene (M-LLDPE) and their three 10/90, 30/70 and 50/50 M-LLDPE/PP blends have been investigated. The PP and M-LLDPE contained 5 ethylene and 3.3mol% hexene-1 as a comonomer, respectively. Isothermal crystallization studies revealed a different temperature-dependence on crystallization for M-LLDPE, PP and their blends and the crystallization half-life for the M-LLDPE was higher than either PP or the blends at a certain temperature. The PP-rich blends also showed a quite similar crystallization rate to that of PP. Investigations on the variation of spherulite growth rate of PP in the blends at different temperatures revealed no significant change and was quite independent of the amount of M-LLDPE being employed. The morphology studies revealed that the nucleation densities of the PP spherulites decreased by introducing M-LLDPE into PP and the M-LLDPE remained as discrete droplets dispersed throughout the PP spherulites. The results obtained were consistent with no miscibility between the two components. (c) 2005 Society of Chemical Industry.