Sky Pencil Japanese Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

SKU
4493
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100% of 100
The narrow, columnar form, is just right for small areas. Dark green foliage holds its color year round, sporting purple berries in fall. Outstanding for use as vertical accent, near entryways or as a privacy screen. Planted in a large container, it makes an elegant formal appearance. Evergreen. Grows 6 to 8 ft. tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide. Full sun.
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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks kre-NAY-tuh
Lore'Sky Pencil' is an all-female cultivar which needs a male variety nearby as a pollenizer, in order to produce berries.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureVertical Accent Plant

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.

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