Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' - Sky Pencil Holly

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

Sky Pencil Japanese Holly

Categories: Shrub

Lustrous dark green leaves on this upright densely branched form give it a pleasant formal appearance in the garden.  Small white flowers in spring followed by black fruit in fall and winter.  Excellent for smaller spaces, narrow hedge or as container specimen. 

We offer the Sky Pencil 18" to 24" in a 5 gallon container.

We also offer the Sky Pencil 3' to 4' in a 7 gallon container.

More About Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

  • Upright and excellent for tight spaces.
  • Tolerates urban pollution.
  • Focal point.

Sky Pencil Japanese Holly Growing and Maintenance Tips

Fertilize in spring with an all purpose fertilizer before new growth begins. Click on the "About Us" tab to find planting instructions.


10 Feet


30-36 Inches

Hardiness Zone:


Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' Characteristics


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture

  • Average Water
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands


  • Container
  • Specimen
  • Evergreen
  • Low Maintenance
  • Focal Point

Foliage Color

  • Green


  • Upright

Genus Overview: Ilex

Family: crenata · Common Name: Japanese Holly

Crenata holly is a dense multi-branched evergreen shrub with a round or broadly rounded form, while other varieties have an upright form. All the crenata varieties have medium fine textured leaves that are oval shaped and stiff.  The leaves remain a lustrous dark green color in summer and winter. Does well in full sun or partial shade, adaptable to most soil types but prefers moist well drained soil. Because of its versatility it is widely used in foundation, hedges and mass planting. A very handsome and worthwhile landscape plant.