Ilex glabra

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Moist to Average
Bloom Time: May, June – flowers called cymes are inconspicuous
Size: 3-8 feet tall, 3-6 foot spread, depending on cultivar

As like other hollies, Inkberry is dioecious: need male pollinator plant to get female fruit set. Berry-like drupes are black and the size of a pea. It’s an upright grower that works well in a hedge and can be pruned. A good native option to boxwood. It is a broadleaf evergreen that is a slow grower.

Garden Companions

Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens)

Nature Benefits

• Birds and mammals eat the juicy fruit
• Provides nectar for pollinators.
• Host plant for Henry’s Elfin.

Native Habitat

Occurs in low wet woods, sandy sites, edges and openings in forests.

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