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Ilex Gem Box®

Inkberry Holly
$24.95 $18.71 ea.
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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.

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Patent PP27,554 'SMNIGAB17'

Plant Type Shrubs

Species glabra

Height Medium 2-3'

Spacing Plant 2-3' apart

Bloom Time Not Applicable

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 5-9

Soil Type Normal, Acidic

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Product

Proven Winners

These varieties have been proven in trials around the world to be vigorous and easy to grow. Best of all, Proven Winners are known to be absolutely covered with vibrant, long-blooming flowers.

Special Features

  • Deer Resistant
  • Evergreen
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • Good for Hedge
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Wet Site Tolerant

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.