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Sky Pencil Holly

ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'


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Sky Pencil Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Sky Pencil Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- 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

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft. or trim to desired height

Mature Width:

2 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


2-3 ft.

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Botanical Name:

ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

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

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
24 Reviews
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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
January 1, 2013
over 5 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.
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
I ordered two of these plants. The one that is thriving is beautiful and doing well. The other that is around four feet away from the healthy one has the same amt. of sunlight, water, good soil, etc., but is dead or dying. Why? Who knows? In any case, I can only give a "medium" rating since one is excellent and the other plant is poor.
November 2, 2014
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
January 1, 2013
Not for central Florida they lived 3 months.
January 1, 2013
Tom's Take on the Sky Pencil Holly
I ordered the 1' to 2' sky pencil holly in June of 2015.
When they arrived they were very lush and healthy plants and were a bit over 2'. They have since grown and withstood high temps and humidity here in the middle of Kansas,
They are growing very nicely and I would recommend them as a focal point in your yard and landscaping
August 8, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Hardy and Elegant
This is a very attractive tree which so far is doing quite well in a large patio pot, and it survived a harsh Washington DC winter where temps fell to around 10 or even a bit below.
July 24, 2015
Washington, DC
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Arrived in beautiful shape
Much better than what you see in big box store garden centers. Packed ingeniously and effectively. Have been acclimating and watering them for a week+ and they are already sprouting new green leaves.
August 19, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Good value
The bushes came through shipment very well. They are very green and healthy. My only suggestion for shippers is to try to match specimens in terms of fullness when ordering in pairs.
June 11, 2016
Iowa City, IA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Too early to tell
Really don't know what to expect just 2 months after planting. It lost some foliage shortly after planting but now growing back. Haven't seen much growth yet even though we have had a great growing season with lots of rain and heat
July 24, 2015
Mayfield hts, OH
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Sky Pencil Holly

Sky Pencil Holly Planting Diretions 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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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tight space where i need height
Cori P on Aug 10, 2017
Tall and narrow with unique and interesting growth pattern.
Ryan N on Aug 4, 2017
tight space where i need height
Cori P on Aug 10, 2017
Fine them to be a unusual and neat looking tree.
Mike T on Aug 10, 2017
Tall and narrow with unique and interesting growth pattern.
Ryan N on Aug 4, 2017
to create privacy from a house next door
Patricia B on Jul 9, 2017
I needed plants that would grow up, not out next to the fence. These hollys look like the would fit the bill. Can't wait to get them.
Mary J on Jun 25, 2017
Wanted a variety of trees
Robin R on Jun 19, 2017
Love holly and the shape and heights of these plants are what we would like for our space. Can't wait for at least one to reach ten feet high. We ordered three :)
Linda C on May 21, 2017
I needed an evergreen to match one one the other side of the front of my house. I wanted one that had a small width that would grow 10+/- feet. I hope it will grow a bit this year. It's now the same size as when I planted it last fall.
Maryann T on May 8, 2017
I wanted this form.
Connie M on Apr 10, 2017
Needed a vertical element in our 12',X12' garden area surrounding our flagpole
Sandra R on Apr 8, 2017
using these as property seperation. I have 9 of these currently and they are doing well throughout the property.
CLYDE D on Apr 6, 2017
Wanted a thin, shorter evergreen that is low maintenance.
Christine B on Apr 1, 2017
I had some hedges that I would like to remove and these look like the trees I want to replace these with. Also, I feel they will give my landscape an uplift.
Van H on Mar 21, 2017
They will create a distinctive accent for my yard
Randall W on Feb 25, 2017
I love they way the Only straight up
Carole C on Feb 13, 2017
I did choose Sky Pencil Holly because first of all, I think it is a lucky evergreen plant which evidence were demonstrated by the growing upward direction of its branches.Secondly, I was attracted with its unique shape and beautiful lush green color in the pictures. Thirdly, I choose SPH to provide privacy screen . Most importantly, it needs very little maintenance according to the ad info and can withstand either high or cold temperatures according to some reviews.
Rachelle A on Jan 30, 2017
Slender Evergreen to be placed along a walkway they will grow 2 - 3 feet wide, height only 8 to 10 feet. I will place colorful perennials in between the sky pencils. They are hardy and basically maintenance free.
kathleen w on Oct 9, 2016
I bought the Sky Pencil Holly to provide a screen with very low maintenance.
Ken S on Oct 9, 2016
Looking for a narrow barrier screen between neighbors and pool, a plant that is not deciduous.
Brian N on Oct 8, 2016
Hoping this does well in my area. I need a vertical evergreen element to a small section of the yard. If these two do well, then I will be ordering more in the future. Revamping the yard and will spend the next couple years working on it. I live in Chesapeake, VA so our weather can really be a solid hot humid zone 8.
ELIZABETH M on Sep 27, 2016
Needed something narrow on either side of front door.
Teresa J on Sep 11, 2016
trying to spruce up my front gated yard--something tall and skinny and this I am sure will do the trick--plus they look lovely
Chanda E on Sep 1, 2016
My friend placed these in pots in her back yard. Thought they looked stunning! Am hoping mine will look equally as good.
lynn h on Aug 30, 2016
Needed a narrow evergreen for the front corners of our home
Winona T on Aug 28, 2016
nice and slender
Ingrid D on Aug 12, 2016
In designing the landscape for the hillside of my rear yard I chose to use the Sky Pencil Holly (a tall slender plant) to place in front of the rear fence to hide its existence and to bring attention to the other plants in the adaption of a European Garden. In addition I found the pricing reflected through TBK Inc., to be the best values and will refer them to clients and others.
Patricia R on Aug 8, 2016
Kevin C on Jul 31, 2016
I am buying this to dress up a white stucco wall that reflects far too much Colorado sunshine into the house.
Alison R on Jul 28, 2016
Don G on Jul 8, 2016
I want to create privacy in my small overexposed yard
Linda B on Jul 3, 2016
Side of house in flower garden
Charles B on Jun 30, 2016
It fits into the area that I am going to plant it..
Mary Ann P on Jun 11, 2016
elegant and works well in small corner.
NEILE Q on Apr 16, 2016
I'm in not way a gardener and am just trying something different for the area of my front porch. Hope I selected the right scrubs. The sky pencil holly's are just different from what I had there.
Dawn R on Apr 1, 2016
Slim form, evergreen leaves, slow growing, hardy.
Marcia S on Nov 28, 2015
Looking for a evergreen with low maintenance to add vertical height to a backyard patio.
John B on Nov 8, 2015
Perfect for garden sitting room!
Donald N on Oct 26, 2015
Needed something with a small diameter for landscaping purposes
Charlotte T on Oct 17, 2015
I have limited space and wanted something that was narrow and would keep its leaves.
Kerry S on Oct 8, 2015
I bought 4 from you before - they are beautiful, and healthy.......I now have room for more.
Joann L on Oct 4, 2015
Fine them to be a unusual and neat looking tree.
Mike T on Aug 10, 2017
to create privacy from a house next door
Patricia B on Jul 9, 2017
Can I plant Sky Pencils on the north side of my home, only one hour of direct sunlight?
J V on Nov 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This plant really needs full sun, or at least 6-8 hours a day of direct sun to grow well, though it will still perform satisfactorily with a little light shade. In pretty much full shade, it gets spindly and weak and thin. A shade-tolerant plant would be a much better choice for you, and you might consider Hydrangea for your hedge.
Do deer eat these?
Carole S on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Though a hungry deer will eat almost anything, Sky Pencil is not on their list of favorites and is considered deer resistant.
How tall will the sky pencil grow?
Jean K on Jun 23, 2014
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
What is the approximate growth rate for the sky pencil?
Yasmin F on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My sky pencil holly,s show around 4 inches of new lime green tops in the spring, the leaves turn dark green and still grow another inch or two. The small ones grow slightly less. I live in west Texas so heat is a factor. You get better growth if you water some every day, but don't let soil stay muddy (needs to drain) because leaves will turn dark brown and fall off .
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: My Sky Pencil Holly is doing much better now. In May it was turning brown and leaves were dropping. I transplanted it to a full sun location, added miracle grow soil, and watered it every morning.
I live in Charleston SC when is the best time of year to plant a sky pencil?
Rob M on Jan 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can plant it pretty much all year, except for when the temperatures are above 90 degrees F. If planting in the summer, it is best to plant a potted plant, like those the Fast Growing Trees supplies -the transplant shock will be greatly reduced. You will also need to pay more attention to watering if you plant in the summer, making sure the soil is well drained but evenly moist for the first season or two until the roots are established.
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.
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.
What time of the year is a good time to plant a sky pencil in Central Florida?
linda m on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Plant in the spring or fall.
Skypencil lost almost all leaves but stem is supple. Will new leaves grow?
S S on Apr 22, 2017
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.
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.
Does it stay green all winter.? I get as low as zero degrees here..Do the leaves stay on it?
Patricia C on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does stay green all winter and the leaves do not fall off. We are in Nebraska and it gets well below zero here. I have had my trees for 2 years and they are extremely slow growing!!. I can not tell they have grown at all. Hope this is helpful.
Do these plants attract mosquitoes?
Kelly on Jun 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They don't seem to attract mosquitoes. I have to say I never looked for that specifically, but I've had sky pencil hollies for years and never noticed a problem with mosquitoes.
If I plant them two feet apart, will they form a continuous screen over time? Or will there always be gaps between the plants? Thanks!
Emily on Apr 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted a row of 9 sky pencil holly with each spaced 2 feet apart-on center; as noted on the instructions. I am confident that over time they will fill in the spacing to join a continuous hedge.
Good luck and happy plantings🌲
I live in Michigan and would like to plant these as privacy. They would also have to be planted about 8ft from our inground pool. How are the root systems?
sandy P on Dec 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They do not have invasive roots systems, so you should be fine planting near a pool.
How long does it take to reach 10 feet?
Tattoo Bill on Jul 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That depends on how big the trees are that you order. The ones I got were 3-4 feet tall when they arrived and are now -- 3 years later -- about twice that. In another couple of years they might be 10 feet tall. Also, it depends on how much sun and water they get -- mine get morning sun until about noon, but I keep them pretty consistently damp. Hope this helps.
Should I wrap my new sky pencils's for winter in Michigan?
Carol P on Oct 18, 2015
I do not live in Michigan, but in southern Oregon. My growing zone is 8. So I do not have the cold that you get in winter. I have Sky pencil hollies and they are doing well. In Michigan your zone is probably 5. So they need more winter care. I read that mulching them at the base and wrapping areas of the branches with cords to prevent branch breakage from snow and ice will protect them. These hollies are designated for zones 6-8. So they do not like very cold and very hot areas. This said, if you plant them on the south side and mulch and wrap them a few places around the branches in winter, they may do fine. Please try them, winter protect them and see what happens. Happy gardening! MTM
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
Is this holly tolerant of walnut trees?
Elizabeth M on Aug 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My holly isn't near any walnut trees so I can't give you an answer.
Do you prune these when a branch is hanging out of place do you clip it off ??
Kathy on May 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I do because it looks much more manicured. I use these as my back layer then add lower bushes with different colors it makes for a beautiful palette
I live in Phoenix, AZ. Do you recommend the Sky Pencil Holly?
Linda Y on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are sky pencils shallow root?
Mary R on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sky Pencil Hollies have non invasive tap roots.
do ;you need a male and female with the Japanese sky pencil holly.? I know the regular holly needs a male to pollenate the female holly
john m on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: John - your question never came up when I purchased my six plants. (But neither did the term or name, "Japanese") My plants, like those pictured next to your question, seemed to do okay though I never saw or had "blooms."
How long will it take to grow from 2 ft. to 5 to 6 ft. in height? I live in western Washington.
Dale A on Sep 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Sky Pencil Holly grows about 12-18 inches per year.
Does the pencil holly have red berries or flower?
Reuben Y on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Supposedly inconspicuous purple berries in the fall. I've never noticed them on any of the four sky pencil Hollis that I have. In spring, very small whitish-yellow flowers. Mine are in large tubs on my patio. Wanted some evergreen foliage in the winter. So far, they're doing well...probably 5-6 years old.
Is this plant deer resistant?
Kari S on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The plants are deer resistant.

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