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Sky Pencil Holly
  • Sky Pencil Holly
  • Sky Pencil Holly
  • Sky Pencil Holly
  • Sky Pencil Holly

    4.52380952381 out of 5


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    Growing Zones: 5-9
    Mature Height: 10 ft.
    Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
    Sunlight: Full - Partial
    Spacing: 2 ft.
    Botanical: Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    Landscape Designers' Weapon of Choice

    Does your planting bed or foundation need a little something extra... but you don't know what?

    Usually a little vertical height will tie everything together, particularly where a lot of low bedding flowers and plants are used.

    Sky Pencil Japanese Holly adds this height without taking up a lot of space. Plus you can easily keep it at any size you want.

    To accent a flower bed, keep it at about 3-4 feet tall.

    To frame an elegant entryway, let them reach 6 feet or more. They do great in containers or the ground.

    Sky Pencil is evergreen, so you get color during the winter to brighten up an otherwise brown landscape.

    Left alone, they grow up to 10 feet tall and still maintain a slender, columnar shape.

    The Sky Pencil Holly is low maintenance and just does what it's supposed to, without problems. Water it regularly in its first year to establish a healthy root system...and that's it!

    Sky Pencil Japanese Hollies are a popular plant and they are in short supply, so order yours today.

    Customer Reviews

    Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews

    Nicole Bailey  

    July 1, 2017

    A bit smaller than expected. Arrived in excellent condition

    Deborah Honea  

    May 17, 2017

    Quality, sturdy. Good hardy size made easy to plant!

    Sharon Zebreski  

    April 26, 2017

    I ordered these as a gift for my daughter. She was so excited and there is lots of new growth on them. I love the way they package their plants. You can trust your order will arrive just as they say. And they send instructions for planting. Very pleased.

    Renee From Valparaiso  

    August 30, 2016

    Tried to find these locally at numerous nurseries and NO ONE carried them. Ordered two and couldn't be happier with how well they were shipped. The quality and size of the plants are exceptional. Thumbs up, brighterblooms!! You've earned a repeat customer!


    August 30, 2016

    For a real show, use sky pencil holly as a backdrop for rudbeckia....I found the combination by accident, but the "school bus yellow&" of the rudbeckia next to the very deep green of the sky pencils is awesome!!


    August 30, 2016

    Pat planted my two sky pencils and only one is rooting in like I want it to. Perfect choice for framing my garage entrance. I couldnt be happier.

    Alan From Maryland  

    August 30, 2016

    I ordered 3 Sky Pencils and a Knockout Rose tree. They came very well packaged and in great condition. I planted them yesterday and today the Rose bush's leaves have perked up. I am very happy with the transaction, speed of delivery and quality of the trees. Can't wait for them to grow.


    August 30, 2016

    I planted two sky pencil hollies last summer in large containers, and they did great. I am worried because as of now, (early April) there doesnt seem to be any new growth. The old leaves were brown and brittle, and I just pulled them off. Hopefully they are still wick, as I so enjoyed them. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Nancy From Illinois  

    August 30, 2016

    I planted 7 Sky Pencil Hollies in early summer, along my front sidewalk, and liked them so much, ordered 12 more around front of house to eventually block front windows. (Live across street from public library). Have had other bushes and plants that either didn't survive or grew too big for the area. Was so impressed with shipment....arrived in POTS, very well packed. These plants survived our midwest drought this summer and were about the only things left that were still GREEN!! The grass even died out in many places. They are on North side...hoping they will survive winter here in Illinois. So glad to find a nice bush that only gets 2-3 ft. wide!!


    August 30, 2016

    I planted 2 Sky Pencil Hollies last yr. Then, when we had the severe ice storm. Well, you can just imagine the fear i had for them....right now, they have grown another 18 inches and are very healthy... doesnt even look as though they went through the ice storm of the century !!

    Jo Of Oklahoma  

    August 30, 2016

    MY 3 Sky Pencils came extremely well packed and are very nice healthy plants. I will not hesitate to order more plants from this company.


    August 30, 2016

    I planted 15 7gallon Sky Pencil hollies in June 2009 in a staggered linear design with full est sun exposure. Zone 8b. I watered regularly (about 5 months until winter set in. They have all done beautifully. Interestingly, about 5 of the 15 Sky Pencils were somewhat scraggly, but I bought them anyway because I needed the quantity and Lowes could not get any more of these particular hollies. I'm happy to report that the 5 scraggly plants filled out and all 15 pencils look the same. If you cultivate carefully and properly (composted acidic soil with reasonably good drainage, water regularly for the first season of growth, you will be rewarded with a uniform column of neat and tidy evergreen growth that will make an interesting vertical statement in your landscape design. They grow up to about 10 feet and quit. Great to shield o blank side of house/fence. Great as a backdrop.

    Amy From CT  

    August 30, 2016

    I just planted 2 sky pencil hollies on the sides of my front steps. They have grown very fast vertically, but i am curious about how fast they get wide. I haven't seen any that are 2-3 ft wide, but I saw one at a friend's house that was maybe 1.5 feet wide and probably 7 ft tall. The wider one my friend has is so neat looking, I'm excited to see them grow both ways, hehe.


    August 30, 2016

    I planted three Sky Pencil Holly plants along the border of my property and they create a perfect natural fence. They have only been in the ground since Spring, but so far they are growing nicely.

    John Royal  

    August 30, 2016

    Sky Pencil Holly- My wife and I planted two of these flanking our front step. Although they are beautiful now, we are looking forward to watching them get taller and fuller.

    Rolland Philadelphia PA  

    August 30, 2016

    I put these along a front fence separating a row-home. With 23ft. between the fence and the cement walkway. 25 feet down the fence. They have been in 8 years through severe heat, snow, ice and rain. They are flawless and have not been topped off. Even in limited space they absolutely will fit the bill and I could not be happier. My neighbor had scotch brooms but got gangly and branches would turn brown and were finally pulled and replaced with Sky Pencils as well.

    Sky Pencil Holly  

    August 30, 2016

    my Sky Pencil Holly is healthy and I love it. It arrived in good condition and it has grown considerably since I planted it.


    August 30, 2016

    Sky Pencil Holly- I really like them, I ordered four to plant in front of our new fence, they all look great. I plan on ordering more later on, hope the rest of them make it, they look so good against the new fence.


    August 30, 2016

    Sky Pencil Holly - my husband and I planted 7 of these in a garden bed along side of our deck last August. They are gorgeous.


    August 30, 2016

    Sky Pencil Japanese Holly-- I have planted these close to my paver patio. Everyone that sees them has a lot of good comments to make about them. They're bright, cheery, and are beautiful at night with solar, spot lights on them. They are just so differant from anything that I've seen out there. I'm hoping they add a little privacy as they mature.

    LIsa Winland  

    June 4, 2016

    Smaller than I expected. One wasn't as healthy as the other 3. Ok.

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