Holly Sky PencilScientific Name: Ilex crenata
Best Planted In Zone: 6-8
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. Tiny, greenish-white flowers appear along the stems in the leaf axils in late spring. If pollinated, the flowers give way to purple, berry-like drupes approximately ¼” in diameter in fall. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous. Sky Pencil is an all-female cultivar which needs a male pollinator in order to produce fruit. It maintains columnar shape without pruning. Even the smallest of spaces can accommodate this excellent and durable holly. USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Sky Pencil is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions, including urban pollution. Prefers light, moist, acidic soils with good drainage. Chlorosis which is leaf yellowing, may occur in alkaline soils. Japanese hollies are dioecious meaning there are separate male and female plants.