Ilex: Sky Pencil Latin Name: ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
The Basics This pencil thin, upright evergreen has smooth, dark green leaves, and is perfect for small spaces. Its columnar growth habit reaches 6-8 feet(2-3 feet wide) that provides excellent shearing. This plant may be used as a small tree, tall hedge, accent, and privacy screen.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade Amount of Water: Water regularly; more frequent watering in extreme heat Soil Conditions: Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil; Adapts well to almost any soil Cold Hardiness Zone: 6-9
The Care This upright evergreen needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Once mature, shearing is recommended to maintain desired shape.