Glossy globe of Ilex glabra Compacta in mulched residential garden bed

‘Compacta’

Holly - Inkberry

Ilex glabra

'Compacta'

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Glossy globe of Ilex glabra Compacta in mulched residential garden bed
  • Native to North America
  • Boxwood alternative
  • Dense growth
Description

'Compacta' inkberry holly is a broadly pyramidal plant with glossy dark green evergreen foliage. Branching is compact right to the ground for a full appearance. This North American native is a nice alternative to boxwood. Female variety will bear fruit if a male inkberry is in the vicinity.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 4'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Does best in moist (even very moist), slightly acidic soils.

Pruning Naturally dense habit requires little pruning; may be trimmed after new growth has hardened off in late spring, though. Rejuvenate through hard pruning if it becomes leggy.

Uses Hedges; edgings; foundation plantings; specimen; containers; mass planting.

Growing Tips Tolerates shade well, but leaf color and overall foliage coverage is better with at least some sun. Grows most rapidly where moisture is consistently available.