The Sky Pencil Japanese Holly quite literally makes an exclamation mark in your landscape!
The Sky Pencil Holly features a narrow, columnar form, making it an ideal choice for small areas. Its dark green foliage holds its color year round, and the shrub produces showy purple berries in the fall. Also produces dainty creamy white flowers in early spring.
The Sky Pencil Holly is great for use as a vertical accent, near entryways or as a privacy screen or narrow hedge. You can also plant it in a large container for an elegant, formal appearance. The shrub maintains its columnar shape without any pruning.
This holly ilex crenata sky as it is named botanically prefers slightly acidic, well drained soil. Grows best in full sun to partial sunlight needed to keep the green leaves. Be sure to water well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Sky Pencil is a female cultivar which needs a male to cross pollinate in order to produce berries.
This evergreen shrub is a slow to moderate grower. The Japanese Sky Pencil holly growth rate is 6-12 inches per year. Because of the vertical nature of this hedge plant, it only gets 2-3 feet wide. It can grow up to 8-10 feet tall.
Sky Pencil Holly problems that may arise are root rot, leaves turning brown or black, web blight, or leaf spot with yellow spots. Applying a slow release fertilizer once a year will help greatly with these problems. Well drained soil is essential to help with root rot and mulching will help to retain moisture.
Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
- Columnar shape
- Vertical interest
- Low maintenance