Sky Pencil Japanese Holly
Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
Pronunciation: EYE-leks kre-NAY-tuh
|Description||A narrow, columnar form with dark green foliage that stays neat year-round, and often sports small purple berries in fall, with a male pollenizer nearby. Leaves lack sharp points, making it ideal for decks, patios, or entryways as a vertical accent or privacy screening. Makes an elegant, formal statement in large containers. Evergreen.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Compact Form|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Privacy Screen|
|Design Ideas||This columnar holly makes a great vertical accent in narrow spaces. Use in portable pots and boxes for porch, patio and terrace. Try pairs to flank a wall fountain or a sculpture. Use four matched at corners of a simple parterre. Exceptional at front entry to traditional architecture. Plant close together for a windbreak, privacy screen or solid background for an artistic focal point.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Companion Plants||Peony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); False Holly (Osmanthus); Blueberry (Vaccinium); Astilbe (Astilbe)|
|Care||Prefers light, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune annually to shape.|
|Lore||'Sky Pencil' is an all-female cultivar which needs a male variety nearby as a pollenizer, in order to produce berries.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9
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