Holly - Inkberry

Ilex glabra


USPP 30,147; CBRAF

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Compact globe of Strongbox Ilex glabra in field Row of rounded evergreen Strongbox Ilex glabra in field
  • Native to North America
  • Boxwood alternative
  • Disease resistant

Native boxwood alternative.

With its squat, rounded habit, handsome evergreen foliage, and full, dense branching, Strongbox® inkberry is a welcome alternative to boxwood. Lush, deep green, and disease resistant, this plant offers huge potential for the landscape market and home owners alike. Stays green and well-branched right to the ground. Native to North America and highly adaptable.

USDA Zone 5 - 9 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 2 - 3'

Width 2 - 3'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Evergreen

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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.

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.