Sky Pencil Japanese Holly- Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

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A narrow, columnar form with dark green foliage that stays neat year-round, and often sports small purple berries in fall, with a male pollenizer nearby. Leaves lack sharp points, making it ideal for decks, patios, or entryways as a vertical accent or privacy screening. Makes an elegant, formal statement in large containers. Evergreen.

Prefers light, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune annually to shape.


Average Size at Maturity Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom Time Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design Ideas This columnar holly makes a great vertical accent in narrow spaces. Use in portable pots and boxes for porch, patio and terrace. Try pairs to flank a wall fountain or a sculpture. Use four matched at corners of a simple parterre. Exceptional at front entry to traditional architecture. Plant close together for a windbreak, privacy screen or solid background for an artistic focal point.
Deciduous/ Evergreen Evergreen
Foliage Color Dark Green
Garden Style Asian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Rate Moderate
Landscape Use Border, Container, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light Needs Full sun
Soil Needs Tree & Shrub Food
Special Feature Dense Habit, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water Needs Moderate
Watering Needs Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key Feature Vertical Accent Plant