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Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

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EYE-leks kre-NAH-tuh
Description

Sky Pencil Holly is a handsome evergreen shrub in the Aquifoliaceae family. It is 6-8' high, is densely branched, tight, and has columnar growth. It is a good container or accent plant and works well in formal gardens as it provides a good vertical accent in mixed borders. This plant prefers sun to partial shade. It is tolerant of poor and sandy soil but prefers clay. It is intolerant of alkaline soils and drought. Sky Pencil Holly is easy to transplant and urban tolerant. This plant has pest problems and needs protection from the wind. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Has a fastigate growth form.
  • Leaves are alternate, glossy, and dark green.
  • Leaves are slightly convex.
  • Produces black berries.

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Tags:
#sun#small tree#partial shade#green#shrub#dark green#accent plant#mixed borders#columnar#easy to transplant#black berries#glossy leaves#formal garden#borders#black fruits#urban conditions tolerant#clay soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#small tree#partial shade#green#shrub#dark green#accent plant#mixed borders#columnar#easy to transplant#black berries#glossy leaves#formal garden#borders#black fruits#urban conditions tolerant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Species:
    crenata
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    This plant produces black berries.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, glossy, dark green, slightly convex, and 1 3/8" long and 3/4" wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    English Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent