Trio of very narrow Sky Pencil Ilex crenata planted in front of a stone wall

‘Sky Pencil’

Holly - Japanese

Ilex crenata

'Sky Pencil'

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Trio of very narrow Sky Pencil Ilex crenata planted in front of a stone wall
  • Evergreen
  • Space saving
  • Shade tolerant
Description

Long popular for its tight columnar growth, the aptly-named 'Sky Pencil' holly is an excellent accent for formal landscapes.

USDA Zone 6 - 8 (-10°F/-23°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 10'

Width 2 - 4'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Ideally, grow in moist acidic soils with good drainage. Tolerates urban conditions well, however.

Pruning Seldom needed, but may be shaped in early summer if desired.

Uses Superlative as a specimen or space-saving hedge. Very nice in containers, too.

Growing Tips Maintains its narrow, columnar shape with little to no pruning. Chlorosis may occur on alkaline soils. Grows in shade, but color and form are best with some sun.