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Sky Pencil Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’

Common Name: Sky Pencil holly

Type: Upright evergreen

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Zone: 5 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 6 to 8 feet

Width: 2 to 3 feet

Bloom Color: not showy

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: slightly acidic, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Holly-tone and ACR food for acid loving plants

Deer resistant: Yes 
Pruning: January through July

Sky Pencil is a slim upright growing evergreen that is used in container plants, as a specimen or corner plant and is a great option for that small area. Can be planted as a narrow hedge as well. Sky Pencil produces a purple berry around September.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Inkberry Holly

Compacta Holly

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Posted 2015-07-09T19:17:33+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL