Sky Box® Japanese Holly

3 Gallon Pot. Ships 15 – 18" Tall.
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About the Sky Box® Japanese Holly

The Sky Box® Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) is an exquisite evergreen shrub that elevates your landscape with its elegant architectural charm. This holly, formerly known as Sky Pointer®, boasts shiny, dark green foliage and a tall, narrow, conical shape that commands attention in gardens, containers, or as an entryway border. Its tight upright branching and glossy leaves make it an essential addition for those seeking year-round interest.

With a pollinator nearby, this holly will produce white berries, adding visual allure in contrast to its dark foliage. While these berries are attractive to birds, they’re not intended for human or pet consumption.

Growing Sky Box® Japanese Holly

Showcasing a moderate growth rate, this medium-sized evergreen reaches a height of 4-5 feet and spreads 2-3 feet, making it an excellent choice for spaces requiring vertical definition. The Sky Box® Japanese Holly is a versatile shrub that thrives in a variety of conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and is well-suited to hardiness zones 6-8. Thanks to its adaptability, it withstands harsh urban environments, salt tolerance, and dry conditions, requiring minimal maintenance once established.

Ideal for groupings, mass plantings, shrub borders, screens, hedges, or as a specimen, the Sky Box® Japanese Holly embodies resilience and style. It prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soils but can adapt to poor, dry soils as well. This evergreen retains its columnar shape without pruning, although it can be pruned if desired.

Elevate your landscape’s aesthetic appeal with the Sky Box® Japanese Holly, an exceptional choice for those seeking a hardy, stylish, and low-maintenance addition to their outdoor space.

May be covered by USPP #20,049 or other patents.

Average growth rate: 6"/year

Survival Guaranteed!

Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 6.5
Zone Range 6 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 2 - 3' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow evergreens in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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