Holly - Japanese

Ilex crenata


USPP 20,049

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Tall and narrow Sky Box Ilex crenata in landscape Dark evergreen Sky Box Ilex crenata in garden
  • Evergreen
  • Shade tolerant
  • Versatile habit

Stronger growing than 'Sky Pencil'. Add some architecture to your garden or decorative container with narrow, conical Sky Box® holly. Shiny, dark evergreen leaves and tight upright branching make this cultivar as handsome as it is versatile. Please note: this is the same plant that has been sold as Sky Pointer®; it has been renamed to Sky Box to designate it as a boxwood alternative.

USDA Zone 6 - 8 (-10°F/-23°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 5'

Width 2 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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.