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Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

Common Name:
Japanese holly
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Aquifoliaceae (The Holly Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6-8 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Not applicable
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Ilex crenata is a plant with many forms, nearly all of them distinguished by dense growth and small oval, scalloped-edged leaves. Their berries are small, blackish and not particularly ornamental. This selections keeps a narrowly upright-oval form, and can grow to 6 feet high, but stays quite narrow. The leaves are about an inch long, deep green in color and glossy. It resembles a boxwood more than it does most hollies. Sun or light shade, reasonably well drained soil, with moderate watering. Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less.