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Ilex crenata | Japanese Holly

Evergreen, lovely and reliable with dainty a texture. Great for sun or shade, less expensive twin for Boxwoods. A new columnar cultivar, ‘Sky Pencil’ has been breaking new ground for use as alternative for italian cypress in residential landscapes. It’s a much more appropriate choice that can add European charm. Japanese Hollies are terrific foils for flamboyant flowering deciduous plants. Very versitile.

Watch for spider mites, they can be serious. Trim new growth during the growing season with sharp shears regularly to maintain shape of plant. Don’t trim in the winter months. Remove any unwanted growth on clear stems. Water regularly; – always try to keep growing medium moist, especially in the growing season.

Needs protection from dry winds. Dioecious – needs male nearby for females to berry. Occassionaly over-used in some neighborhoods.
all very available…
‘Sky Pencil’ 10′ – 12′/2′ very slendar columnar
‘Steeds’ also columnar, not as slender or tall
‘Helleri’ low growing

ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 8 | sun to shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 6’ to 10’

PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Densley upright, rounded, tidy
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 1/2″ to 1″ eliptical to obovate, slightly toothed on upper half
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate (hollies alternate, while Boxes are opposite)
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | lustrous deep dark bluish green, dull on back
image Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' berries

FLOWERS | delicate March-April, white to pale green, not showy
BERRIES | Black, round drupe 1/4″ to 1/3″ in fall, persistent into spring

SOIL prefers moist well drained, fertile organic and slightly acid, good for urban setting
Native to Japan, Korea, parts of Russia

Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' in a row
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