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Sky Pencil Holly

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Sky Pencil Holly
  • Zones 6 - 9
  • Height 6 - 8 Feet
  • Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Full Sun

Sky Pencil Japanese Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’, is a low maintenance evergreen shrub, with a narrow, columnar form. Works well for tight spaces. Can be pruned to emphasize its columnar form for a more formal look. Uses for this versatile shrub includes container plantings, privacy screen or accent plant. Works well as a formal hedge where there is limited space. Leaves are more like boxwood than more traditional hollies.

Sky Pencil Holly Care

Plant in well drained soil and water regularly to establish and then weekly or more often during periods of drought or extreme heat.

Sky Pencil Holly Spacing

Space 3 to 4 feet apart. For a formal hedge, plant 2 ½ to 3 feet apart, measure from the center of each plant.

Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
  • What areas does the plant has to travel through from our nursery to your home?
  • Is the plant at the nursery ready to ship.
    • The plants from the South will naturally be ready sooner than the plants from the North (If you have questions or concerns about when a plant will ship please email us at [email protected])


  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Fall into Winter

  • We’ll ship all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


  • Get your order in now to reserve you plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

3 Reviews - Sky Pencil Holly Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Rachel on Nov 3rd 2018

    wanted to create a modern looking space in my backyard, and these were exactly what I was looking for!

  • 4

    Posted by Mike Sell on Oct 4th 2017

    Bought these because I didn't have a lot of space, and it is going to work out perfectly I think. Can't comment further, as I just planted them yesterday. They arrived in good shape though, besides a few broken branches from shipping. The box was in pretty rough shape, but the plant came from Fedex mostly OK. But that's why I'm only rating this a 4 instead of a 5.

  • 4
    Sky Pen

    Posted by JillOH on Jul 26th 2017

    I have a couple of these around my house and they look great.