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Ilex glabra

Common Name(s):
Inkberry
Cultivar(s):
Shamrock (compact form 3-5 ft.)
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; excellent for foundation or naturalistic plantings; native to southeastern US; leaves may discolor in severe winters; flowers attract bees and blue black fruits are enjoyed by birds. You need to plant male and female plants for fruit.  A great plant for small spaces.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
6-8 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, dark green leaves; 0.7-2 in. long
Flower:
Non-showy small, white flowers in summer; 0.2 in. black berry-like drupe from fall to following summer; not very showy
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, acidic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, erect rounded, much-branched shrub; becomes open with age
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
bees, native, pollinator, pollinator plant, honeybees, small spaces, small space, wildlife, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1590

Ilex glabra I. glabra (Inkberry)
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Ilex glabra I. glabra fruit
Photo by John Brandauer, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Ilex glabra I. glabra (Inkberry) flowers
Photo by Mary Keim, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0