Broad pyramidal Ilex glabra Densa planted by stone wall with ivy groundcover

‘Densa’

Holly - Inkberry

Ilex glabra

'Densa'

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Broad pyramidal Ilex glabra Densa planted by stone wall with ivy groundcover
  • Native to North America
  • Boxwood alternative
  • Award winner
Description
A hardy form of our native inkberry, 'Densa' offers glossy dark green foliage and a broad upright habit. It holds its foliage right down to the ground, never looking naked like some other cultivars. Grown primarily for its glossy foliage, this female selection may produce black berries if a male pollinator is in the vicinity.

Awards Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

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.