Scientific Name Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
Common Name Sky Pencil Japanese Holly
Hardiness Zone 5 to 8
Size 6 to 8' tall and up to 2' wide
Growth Rate Slow
Exposure Sun to part shade
Group Shrub - Evergreen
Characteristics Leaves alternate, simple, small (1"), ovalish. Black stipules on the back of the leaves. Lustrous dark green. Short petiole.
Green stems turning grey green to grey brown in the second and third years.
Extremely slender landscape form. Very dense plant with upright stems.
Landscape Uses Good for formal plantings and in limited space areas. One example might be at the sides of garage doors where bed space is often severely restricted.
History Introduced in the United States in 1985 by the U.S. National Arboretum.