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Gem Box® Inkberry Holly

Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17' (PP# 27,554)

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Gem Box® Inkberry Holly

Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17' (PP# 27,554)

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Fall Color
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17' (PP# 27,554)

Outdoor Growing zone

5-9

Mature Height

2-3

Mature Width

2-3

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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AK, CA, HI, PR

The Gem Box® Inkberry Holly is a special form of the native inkberry, which grows quickly into a neat, round bush with small green leaves and a compact form. It can be clipped into formal balls and hedges and it makes an easy-to-grow substitute for boxwood. It grows well in warmer areas and wet soil, where boxwood often fails, and it has far fewer pests or diseases. Use it just as you would boxwood, for informal mounds or formal trimmed balls in beds or pots, or for hedges and edging. Small white flowers are produced in late spring, but no berries will form.

  • Neat, compact natural globe-shaped evergreen
  • Easy substitute for boxwood in many situations
  • Dense and bushy, and trims easily
  • Native plant for natural planting and native gardens
  • Grows well in wet soils

The Gem Box® Inkberry Holly grows well in both full sun and partial shade, with some direct sun each day. It grows best in moist, acidic soils, and it should not be planted in alkaline earth. It is happy in both sand and clay, and it will grow in wet ground as well. It will tolerate some dryness, but regular watering is appreciated. Pests and diseases are normally not seen on this easy and fast-growing bush. Trim in late winter for the neatest growth.

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