Sky Pencil Holly

3 Gallon Pot. Ships 15 – 18" Tall.
Item #12353
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About Sky Pencil Holly

The Sky Pencil Holly (Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’) is a breathtaking evergreen that offers instant definition and striking beauty to any landscape. Its distinctive pencil-thin growth habit creates a dramatic punctuation point, reaching skyward and standing tall with a narrow, columnar silhouette. With dark green elliptic leaves, this shrub forms a stunning vertical accent, making it an ideal choice for small yards or spaces where traditional plants might not fit.

This female cultivar produces charming purple berries when paired with a male pollinator, adding an extra allure to its handsome foliage and unique form. Even without the berries, the Sky Pencil Holly remains an eye-catching addition to any garden. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a stylish, low-maintenance, and space-saving ornamental shrub or hedge.

How to Grow Sky Pencil Holly

Ideal for USDA growing zones 5 to 9, the Sky Pencil Holly thrives in well-drained soil under full sun to partial shade. Its moderate to slow growth rate and mature height of 6 to 8 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet make it a versatile choice for various outdoor spaces.

This low-maintenance evergreen is known for its hassle-free care, requiring little pruning except in late winter if desired. Its naturally upward growth pattern eliminates the need for constant trimming. Whether enhancing a small garden or adding structure to a larger landscape, the Sky Pencil Holly stands out for its unique form, adaptability, and effortless elegance, making it a standout choice for any garden enthusiast.

Average growth rate: 6-12"/year

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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.


Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 6.5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 6 - 10' 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 5 - 9
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.

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