Ilex glabra Gem Box®

Inkberry Holly

$22.95 ea. (3+ discount) $22.50 ea.

Fall 2022

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Plant Code: ILGB

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A perfect alternative to Boxwood, this ball-shaped treasure maintains its dense habit right to the ground – no bare legs! Red tips bedazzle the glossy foliage in spring. Plant a border of Ilex Gem Box® for a stunning lower-growing evergreen native.

Very small berries will appear only if another Ilex glabra is in the area. Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, carefree and easy to grow. Native to North America.


Type: Shrubs
Height: Medium 2-3'
Spacing: Plant 2-3' apart
Bloom Time: Not Applicable
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic
Flower: Not Applicable
Patent: PP27,554 'SMNIGAB17'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Evergreen
  • Good for Hedge
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Ilex General Information

Dense habit of Inkberry Holly maintains good branching right to the ground. Perfect for a small evergreen hedge or an ideal container specimen. This species differs from other evergreen hollies with its smooth leaves - lacks spines on the leaves (only having 'teeth' toward the tip of the foliage). Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Ilex Plant Care

Established specimens tolerate pruning, but little is required. Prune for holiday decorations or in late summer. Shape for hedges with shears. Apply an evergreen fertilizer in spring. Prefers moist acidic soil.