Ilex: Sky Pencil
Latin Name: Ilex crenata
Growth Habit: Naturally Upright Columnar & Compact Narrow evergreen shrub.
Foliage: Multistemmed & Dark evergreen leaves.
Mature Height: 10-12 feet.
Mature Width: 2-3 feet.
Spacing: 2 feet.
Growth Rate: Moderate; once well established.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil Conditions: Prefers light, moist but well-drained, slightly acid soils, but adaptable.
Resistant: Deer -therefore, these animals should not be a problem.
Pruning/Trimming: Trimmed to a desired height, but not necessary. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Fertilizer: Suggest a well-balance fertilizer like a 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 or even a Holly-toner. Feed in early spring and fall.
Uses: To fill small places in a sunny landscape area, dense narrow hedge, decorative accent, container and privacy screen.
Moisture: Regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9.