Japanese Holly - Sky Pencil
Sky Pencil Holly (Ilex crenata) is grouped botanically with the broadleaf evergreen shrubs. It is a narrow, column-like Japanese holly, which is valued for its small, tightly packed leaves. It is a good landscaping option for corners and tight spaces. Like boxwood bushes, this plant has leaves with fairly smooth edges (not prickly edges, like other hollies). The small, greenish-white flowers are unimpressive, but when pollination does occur, it produces black berries that attract many birds in search of a treat.