Sky Pencil (Japanese) Holly
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - ShrubGrowth Rate - Maintains columnar shape without pruningMature Height - 10'Mature Width - 2-3'Longevity -
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Tiny, greenish-white flowers appear along the stems in the leaf axils in late springFruit - 'Sky Pencil' is an all-female cultivar which needs a male pollinator in order to produce fruit.If pollinated, the flowers give way to purple, berry-like drupes (1/4" diameter) in fall. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous.Leaf - Fall Color - Bark - Other Features - This evergreen Japanese holly cultivar is an exceedingly narrow, fastigiate form which grows somewhat slowly in a vertical, pencil-like column to 10' tall but only 2-3' wide.Possible Use - Vertical accent for small spaces in the landscape and foundation.Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions, including urban pollution. Prefers light, moist, acidic soils with good drainage. Chlorosis can occur on alkaline soilsNative Habitat - An introduction of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.Diseases and Insects - Spider mites can be troublesome. Nematodes are a problem in the South.Strength - Weakness - May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where it should be grown in a protected location with a winter mulch.Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Holly.- Other plants of the family Aquifoliaceae.- Other plants of the genus Ilex.- Other plants of the species Ilex crenata.