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The Sky Pencil Hollies can be a great focal point in your yard. The unique shape compliments your entryways and corners. Plant in pairs to flank a stairway, doorway, or courtyard.

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Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil Holly- One of the National Arboretum's Elite Plants

Height:

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

3-4 ft.

Ships this Mon, Nov 3
List: $93.95
Sale: $62.95
6 at $59.80 each
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Height:

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

2-3 ft.

Ships this Mon, Nov 3
List: $53.95
Sale: $36.15
6 at $34.34 each
Qty:  
Height:

The heights we list are the actual size of your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We do not prune evergreen trees for any reason. Evergreen trees typically hold their shape for the life of the tree and do not require any pruning or shearing.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker privacy the first full growing season.

1-2 ft.

Ships this Mon, Nov 3
List: $29.95
Sale: $20.07
6 at $19.07 each
Qty:  
Planting Mix for Evergreen Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Sky Pencil Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.


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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
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Sky Pencil Holly
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.


DIEHARD Transplant
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This popular, versatile shrub can be planted to accent your home, either in rows for a narrow hedge, or alone as an ornamental.

However you use it, expect little maintenance.

You’ll be fascinated by the Sky Pencil Holly’s shape – growing skyward naturally without the need for trimming (unless you want to keep them at a desired height).

If you are looking for a sleek, updated, stylish look, use these Japanese Hollies with their tall, narrow, columnar shape.

Very few shrubs can give you this kind of height without encroaching on nearby plants.

Perfect for when you want to add height or a focal point to flower beds, groundcovers, entryways, etc.

Because of this unique shape, its possibilities are endless. No matter where you plant your Sky Pencils, their spectacular form will attract attention!

It's one of the few plants whose branches grow upward, which is why it got the name Sky Pencil.

Our larger trees have more advanced root systems, meaning they will adapt quicker to your environment while producing faster growth.

Recent increases in demand have left this plant in short supply.

Order yours today for the latest in landscape looks.

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 8-10 ft. or trim to desired height
Mature Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Sky Pencil Holly

Specific Directions for Sky Pencil Holly

Plant your Sky Pencil Hollies in area that receives full to partial sun light. Although Sky Pencil Hollies prefer full sunlight it will tolerate shade. Place your Sky Pencil Hollies one foot apart for privacy screens and one foot away from structures.

Your Sky Pencil Hollies will prefer acidic soil, but will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Make sure that your Sky Pencil Hollies don't sit in a low area of the yard where water collects.

Check your soil once a week, keep your soil moist but not over saturated. Your Sky Pencil Hollies will need regular deep weekly waterings while they're getting established. Every Spring apply a slow release fertilizer to your hollies that's high in acidity or for an acid loving shrub.


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Sky Pencil Holly.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Sky Pencil Holly gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Sky Pencil Holly again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I live in NM. The description says that these trees can receive 8+ hours full light, which I'm sure is true, but probably not southern NM, AZ or TX full light! It gets very hot and dry here. Even when watered 2-3 times per week it just couldn't stand up to our extreme heat. So if you live in these areas and you're not planting in a shaded area of your house, I don't recommend this tree. Otherwise, the trees were beautiful and came in great condition
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
We received our order on the day expected, and not only were we impressed with such a fast delivery, but with the quality too... WOW, we were completely happy to see that these bushes were as strong and healthy and sturdy as we hoped and that they came in the size that was stated on your website.  We have ordered from other on-line nurseries before ONLY to be disappointed and never ordered from them again; and we were hesitant to try another on-line nursery; so I must say, we will definitely continue to shop with your company again in the future
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December 31, 2012
I bought two of the Sky Pencil Hollies to go on each side of the garage door. I wanted something that would be tall and narrow and not hide the brickwork on the garage. I planted them early last fall and they look great. They arrived looking very healthy and packed very well. I couldn't be more pleased.
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December 31, 2012
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3 years ago
Not for central Florida they lived 3 months.
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December 31, 2012
This tree is great! We love our holly trees !
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December 31, 2012
Very poor performer in my area . Lost every sky pencil planted .
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2 years ago
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What is the approximate growth rate for the sky pencil?
Thanks!
Yasmin F on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: We bought our Sky Pencil Holly in October 2012. It seemed to be a rather slow grower like most Holly's. In the year (+) that we had this plant it still looked a little spindly. We loved the idea of its unique shape and it was a great compliment to our other landscaping. Last summer, our Sky Pencil Holly that was in a sunny area did not tolerate the heat very well causing several branches to die off, and then unfortunately, this last winter was so cold here in Illinois that we lost both of our Sky Pencil Holly's.
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How tall will the sky pencil grow?
Jean K on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Jean!
Since I just planted 3 of these Sky Pencil Holly trees this Spring, I personally cannot tell you. But by looking online , it is said that these trees will grow 2-3 feet wide by 6-8 feet tall. With time I think they may exceed this if given the proper cultural needs. They can also be trimmed/pruned if needed.
I needed a tree that is evergreen, deer resistant, narrow and not too tall. These fit the bill . They have done well so far (I live in a coastal Oregon town) and they are showing new growth at a moderate rate. Deer leave them alone too. These trees are supposed to have a "moderate" growth rate. Hope this help. MTM
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Is the height measurement estimate from base of trunk to tip?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
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sky holly in wet areas?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure. We live in a fairly wet area, Mid-Ohio valley, but they did not grow much at all. They are healthy, but very little height increase in the first almost 2 years. Our Hybrid Poplar on the other hand grew an amazing 7 feet the first year.
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I purchased last year a sky pencil holly from you folks and these last few months has seem it ever so slowly die...leaves drop, individual strands(a cluster) turns brown and ungraciuosly dies. Why? It presently has half its mass from when I purchased it and I would venture a prognosis of a total fall death.
Stan Z on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know about the death. I purchased a 1-2 foot pencil holly 18 months ago in Feb 2013. It is doing OK, but not great. It survived the unusually cold NJ winter. It's lost 1 stalk and a few leaves. And, it's not a fast growing tree.
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Why are flies attracted to my pencil hedges ?
A shopper on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: Hi there I am not sure why you have flies, I bought several of these plants and planted them long my fence. The fence itself is made from aluminium and is not a privacy fence. Thus there is no obstruction re wind, light etc. Check the environment around the trees to see if something else is causing the flies to gather there. Do you have fruit trees nearby? if not, spray with an organic fly/bug spray from your local garden center. Good luck.
Freeport, NY
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Since this is a holly, I assume it has berries?
Genny on Oct 9, 2014
Best Answer: From what I read online, this plant is an all female cultivar. It will need a male holly (any holly will do) to pollinate it. The flowers are small, white and insignificant. If pollinated you may get a few small black berries.
I purchased this tree for its shape, size, evergreen and deer resistant properties. Not a major berry producer, nor red berries. Hope this helps.
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Can I plant this tree in October?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2014
Best Answer: Depending on your Zone, October is a great time to plant perennials, bushes and trees. I am Zone 5 (Southern shore of Lake Michigan) but I am still having trouble getting these bushes to come back healthy after our winters. Maybe it would survive in your area if in a well-protected spot or a higher Zone.
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When is the best time to prune your sky pencils?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure I really know, but I understand this plant does not require any normal pruning....just if you need to shape it somehow. I think for that, you can prune it anytime.
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Some of the branches & leaves of our sky pencil holly are turning brown. Too much or too little water?
Anne L on Aug 21, 2014
Best Answer: mine are not doing well at all they have brown leaves and bare branches and are in full sun they do draw white flies and have little spots on the leaves they have been well watered and well drained but havenot grown much for the same look there is a boxwood that has shinier and lighter color of green leaves that would probably do better...i live in chattanooga tennessee which is a border zone we have weird weather
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I Live on a state highway was wondering if the salt from the winter would bother it? I live pretty close to the road was wanting some privacy could this help also? In ohio
curlybe on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: The Sky Pencil Holly is salt tolerant. It makes a good privacy tree, but it doesn't get as wide as the Thuja Green Giant or Emerald Green Thuja.
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do you have any 8 ft ones for sale and if so how much?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
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  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
 
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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
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$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.