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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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