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Sky Box® Japanese Holly Ilex crenata

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
60" 36"
48 - 60"
24 - 36"
  • Details


    Showy evergreen architecture for your garden!

    Add some architecture to your garden or decorative container with this narrow, conical seedling of 'Sky Pencil' holly. Shiny, dark evergreen leaves and tight upright branching make this a must have plant.

    Formerly sold as Sky Pointer®.

    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Salt Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Uses Notes: 

    Groupings, masses, perennials or shrub borders, specimen, screens, hedges or containers. This is an elegant formal evergreen for entryways.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

    Tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions including urban pollution. Prefers moist soils with good drainage. Adaptable to most soil pH levels, though chlorosis (leaf yellowing) may occur in alkaline soils. This can be prevented or treated by fertilizing twice a year in early spring and again in early summer. Maintains a columnar shape without pruning. If pruning is necessary shear in early to mid-summer. Moderate water, drought resistant once established. Evergreen -slower grower. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for evergreens. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    Sky Box® Ilex crenata 'Farrowone' USPP 20,049
  • 2 Reviews

    • I purchased three Sky Pointers at a big box store at the end of the season on sale. I planted them in early November in zone 6b, obviously not ideal, and the weather turned quite cold very shortly thereafter. I pruned off the little bits of the plant that had dieback this spring and the plants are doing fabulous! It’s now August and they are super dark green and growing very well. They are planted along the fence at the back of my yard and look great.

      J Roche
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 8 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
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