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Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
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Description

Add some life to your home. Plant a Japanese Sky Pencil Holly on each side of your front door. Or how about on each side of a window? This evergreen is great for accenting areas of your home with some height.

Fast growing and low maintenance, no wonder the Sky Pencil is so popular. The Sky Pencil is an evergreen shrub that has small, glossy, dark green leaves year round. New growth emerges light green but darkens up with age.

This Holly Tree can get up to 10 feet in height, but stays very narrow at 2-3 feet wide at maturity. Let them grow to the height you would like, and then just keep the top trimmed.

growing zone 5-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Fertile, Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Fall Color Dark Green

How To Care

Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Sky Pencil Holly aka Japanese Holly Sky Pencil. As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.

Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun. They prefer a slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt just about any well draining soil. After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist. Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months. After Sky Pencils are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells. Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broadleaf evergreens. Sky Pencils don't require pruning, but they tolerate it well if you prefer to keep them a certain size. Heavy pruning is best reserved for late winter or early spring. In cooler zones, 5 and 6, protect your sky pencil holly from wind.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Mites and scale are insects that can occasionally affect your Sky Pencil Holly. These can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended. Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Fertile, Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Fall Color Dark Green

Landscape Ideas

Looking for a plant to plant your new Sky Pencil Holly?  How about one on each side of your front door.  They will match and provide a really nice entry way into your home.  If you would like to get creative, plant a cluster of 3 in an area that could use some height.  Plant one on each side of your window.  There are so many possibilities!

Looking to screen an area but don't have much space?  Plant a sky pencil holly ever 2-3 feet for a nice privacy screen.  They will stay narrow and grow together providing a cool looking hedge. Perfect for a tight screening around garbage containers or ac units. 

The possibilities are limitless with the sky pencil holly. They look great next to drift roses, Kaleidoscope abelia, and dianthus. Get creative, and enhance your landscape. If you are a fan of Hollies, also consider the Oakland HollySteeds Holly and Nellie Stevens Holly.


For additional options, be sure to browse our Privacy hedgePrivacy tree and Evergreen tree collections. 

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Fertile, Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Shade
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Fall Color Dark Green

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11/02/2020
Scot G.
United States United States
Awesome Shrubs

Great overall shopping experience, the plants arrived in perfect shape, very well packaged, I purchased the 2-3 ft sky pencil holly for a privacy fence that runs along side a newly poured sidewalk to our pool, these plants will grow and cover that side of our house in view from the road, that side of the house has the air conditioner, electric meters, pool pump and filter. The plants were in great shape when arrived and was everything they were advertised on the website, very nice full plants, just what I was wanting

PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center Sky Pencil Holly - 1-2 Feet Review
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10/15/2020
Maureen B.
United States United States
Warranty replacement

Over the summer I bought 14 sky pencil holly. One died. All the others are beautiful and so far are doing well. I was so very pleased that PlantingTree promptly replaced the one dead tree under warranty. I love PlantingTree and will continue to buy from them. They are fantastic!

PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center Sky Pencil Holly - 1-2 Feet Review
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10/14/2020
William R.
United States United States
Planting Tree Garden Center

Without a hitch -Received 3 bushes 4' tall that arrived in one week and in perfect condition.

KH
10/06/2020
Kathryn H.
United States United States
Excellent

Plants were sent quickly, were well-packaged, and healthy. Very impressed!

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10/04/2020
Nicola
United States United States
Decent for the price

I purchased the 1 gallon sky pencil holly and, for the price, I’m happy with them. They are taller than I was expecting based upon some reviews, but I was surprised they each had only 2/3 stalks; whenever I have seen young sky pencil holly there are normally a few more. I’m skeptical about how these will grow, but hopefully they fill out a little. Overall, for $60+tax for the 3 I’m happy.

PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center Sky Pencil Holly - 1-2 Feet Review