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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.

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List: $93.95
Sale: $70.46
6 at $66.94 ea.
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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, Aug 4
List: $53.95
Sale: $40.46
6 at $38.44 ea.
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, Aug 4
List: $29.95
Sale: $22.46
6 at $21.34 ea.
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:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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.


Soil Contents
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Sky Pencil Holly
Fertilizer Tablets
Sky Pencil Holly

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.


Fertilizer Tablets
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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
(blue area above)

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Sky Pencil Holly can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

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. 
 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28%


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.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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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This tree is great! We love our holly trees !
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December 31, 2012
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
Not for central Florida they lived 3 months.
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December 31, 2012
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
Very poor performer in my area . Lost every sky pencil planted .
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2 years ago
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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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.
Reply · Theresa B on Jun 3, 2014
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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
Reply · Michele T on Jun 23, 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.
Reply · Patrizia B on May 30, 2014
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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
Reply · Marsha W on Jun 16, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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