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Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
    62 reviews
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
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Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
    62 reviews

An Elegant Looking Shrub

  • Perfect for containers, entryways, and lining driveways
  • Enjoy deep green foliage year round
  • Extremely popular for adding value to property
  • No pruning needed!
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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.

Sky Pencil Holly FAQ

How Fast Does The Sky Pencil Holly Grow?

This is a fast growing shrub that will grow up to 10" in a year to mature height of 6-8 feet.

Where Should I Plant This Holly?

Plant in a spot that has well drained soil in full sun to part shade exposure. These bushes are perfect for entryways or as privacy screens.

How Deep Are The Roots On The Sky Pencil?

The root system on this shrub isnt known to be invasive, they are often grown in containers. Planting atleast 5 feet from structure is recommended.

Caring for Sky Pencil Holly

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.

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.

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growing zone 5-9
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Growing Zones 5-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 6-10 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Fall Color Green

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