Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

Sky Pencil (Japanese) Holly

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Maintains columnar shape without pruning
Mature Height - 10'
Mature Width - 2-3'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Tiny, greenish-white flowers appear along the stems in the leaf axils in late spring
Fruit - '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 soils
Native 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:
-not currently in our collection-

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.