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Sky Pencil/Japanese Holly/Ilex Crenata

Posted by massholiday Illinois (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 29, 06 at 10:20

My Sky Pencil is about 1.5 feet tall and is planted in a terra cotta pot. I live in Chicago and had it outside on my deck all summer/fall. My wife recetnly brought it inside for the winter but it is loosing its leaves. I think it would fair better outdoors.

Does anyone have experience with these outside during the winter? Does it need more or less water?

Any comments would be very helpful.

Thanks, Holden

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Japanese holly can take lots of winter abuse at elevation in the PNW. I haven't seen any kind of holly suffer from too much winter rain from OR to BC on the Canadian side. I find that Holly is amazingly strong. Most take saturated soil (Vancouver, BC - Seattle, WA) and some can tolerate very dry summers. Sky Pencil is grown at low elevation in the PNW. So it's more tender to a prolonged or frequent freeze. It's nice so you have good taste...

BTW: The Japanese holly fern is a very tough evergreen fern but does not like hot, dry weather. I use that fern as a small evergreen in shade.

Here's a Variegated Holly on Vancouver Island.


Here is a link that might be useful: Variegated Holly

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