Sky Pencil Holly

An Elegant Looking Shrub 

  • Perfect for containers, entryways, and lining driveways
  • Enjoy deep green foliage year round
  • Extremely popular for adding value to property
  • No prunning needed! 

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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Add some life to your home.  Plant a Japanese Sky Pencil Holly on each side of your front door.  Or how about on each side of a window?  This evergreen is great for accenting areas of your home with some height.  

Fast growing and low maintenance, no wonder the Sky Pencil is so popular.  The Sky Pencil is a hardy plant that has small, glossy, dark green leaves year round.  New growth emerges light green but darkens up with age.

This Holly Tree can get up to 10 feet in height, but stays very narrow at 2-3 feet wide at maturity.  Let them grow to the height you would like, and then just keep the top trimmed.  They look great next to drift roses, Kaleidoscope abelia, and dianthus.  

Plant each sky pencil holly 2 feet apart to build a privacy screen or privacy hedge.  Perfect for a tight screening around garbage containers or ac units.

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Well-drained, Fertile
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 2-3 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Dark Green
Botanical Name Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

How To Care for your new Sky Pencil Holly

Be sure to choose the appropriate location for your Sky Pencil Holly.  As long as you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Holly almost any time of the year.  

Hollies tolerate full sun to part sun.  They prefer a slightly acidic soil, but tend to adapt just about any well draining soil.   After planting, adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch will help keep the soil moist.  Mulching is highly recommended in cooler zones to protect the plant's roots in winter as well.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease.  Water your Holly deeply a couple times a week for the first few months.  After Sky Pencils are established, they only need watered during hot, dry spells.   Fertilize in spring with a slow release fertilizer for broad leaf evergreens.   Sky Pencils don't require pruning, but they tolerate it well if you prefer to keep them a certain size.  Heavy pruning is best reserved for late winter or early spring.  In cooler zones, 5 and 6, protect your sky pencil holly from wind.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.  Mites and scale are insects that can occasionally affect Sky Pencil Hollies.  These can be treated with horticultural oil. For severe infections the pesticide Bonide is recommended.   Avoid saturated soils to prevent fungal issues in Hollies.  

 

Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  

 

Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.

 

Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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Pretty plant
I was glad to find an evergreen that will remain relatively short and narrow. It arrived in good shape and well packaged.
March 23, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Perfect condition!
I just received all 10 of my sky pencil holly. I am using them to cover up my garbage bin area. They are absolutely perfect and larger than what I ordered. I will definitely use you again!
July 16, 2016
very pleased
very pleased. The sky pencil was carefully packed and came in perfect condition. I haven't planted it yet since it has been very rainy here.
April 8, 2017
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Great holly
I planted these hollies on each side of our front door. They look great! Everyone asks what they are...
October 19, 2014
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Evergreen with the height and width I wanted
Rozalind S on Mar 14, 2017
For the size- tall and narrow. Also, because it is interesting and somewhat unique in our area
Rochelle G on Mar 1, 2017
Evergreen with the height and width I wanted
Rozalind S on Mar 14, 2017
I have a few of them and I like them very much.
Janet B on Mar 6, 2017
For the size- tall and narrow. Also, because it is interesting and somewhat unique in our area
Rochelle G on Mar 1, 2017
full foliage year round - Narrow
kristie k on Jan 27, 2017
because it is narrow
MacFarlane H on Nov 23, 2016
It looks good in the entrance of the house
Evangeline O on Nov 12, 2016
perfect slender hedge
Lyn P on Nov 3, 2016
Love these. Will use as interest along the edge of my lawn bordering the neighbors to define my landscaping boundary!
Jane H on Oct 30, 2016
like the side and color
Qiuxia G on Sep 27, 2016
To screen an electrical box and soften the corner of a wall.
Leslie M on Sep 11, 2016
Very narrow area to plant. Perfect size.
Raymond C on Jul 14, 2016
Looking for a narrow evergreen to line path
Phylis F on Jul 13, 2016
I have a few of them and I like them very much.
Janet B on Mar 6, 2017
full foliage year round - Narrow
kristie k on Jan 27, 2017
How fast do these Sky Pencil Holly grow?
JoyceM on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would say 4-6 inches per year on average.

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