Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'


Member Price: $89.95

Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly
Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

Price: $89.95

Member Price: $89.95

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The Sky Pencil Holly (Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil') is an upright, narrow evergreen shrub that is admired for its unique and distinctive vertical growth habit. This strikingly elegant holly variety hails from Japan and is highly valued for its compact and columnar form, making it an ideal choice for tight spaces in the garden or for creating a vertical accent.

The Overall Plant

Sky Pencil Holly grows in a columnar form, rising vertically to reach heights of up to 6-8 feet, with a mere spread of 2-3 feet, which is quite unusual for a shrub. This makes it an excellent choice for planting in narrow or limited spaces. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9, this resilient plant is adaptable to a range of soil types, but it prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and full sun to partial shade exposure.

This variety is versatile and serves many uses in the landscape: it can be grown in containers, used in foundation plantings, privacy screens, or as an accent plant in garden borders. It is also a popular choice for creating vertical accents in the garden or framing entryways.

The Flowers

While not particularly showy, the Sky Pencil Holly does produce small, greenish-white flowers in the late spring. These flowers are somewhat hidden amongst the foliage but are still quite appealing upon close inspection. Their subtlety adds to the overall elegance of the shrub, and they are a good source of nectar for bees and other beneficial insects.

The Foliage

One of the main attractions of the Sky Pencil Holly is its attractive, dark green, glossy foliage. The leaves are small, lustrous, and have a slight twist, which creates interesting texture. The foliage remains vibrant throughout all seasons, providing year-round interest in the landscape. This evergreen nature makes it an excellent choice for maintaining some color in the garden during the winter months when many other plants have lost their leaves.

Section 4: The Fruit Following the flowering phase, the Sky Pencil Holly produces small, black berries, technically known as drupes. These fruits are tiny, about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and are not particularly noticeable. Although not very attractive to humans, they serve as a food source for birds and other wildlife during the fall and winter seasons, making this holly variety a good choice for a wildlife garden.

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Every plant comes with our expert planting guide that will cover the specifics to ensure your plant grows absolutely nuts. It also comes with our free 30 day guarantee so if you aren't happy we got you covered.

Why Flora's Market?

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Mature height: 6-8 ft.

Mature width: 2-3 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Growth rate: Moderate

Growing zones:

Outdoor: 5-9