Ilex Gem Box®

Inkberry Holly
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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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Code ILGB
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

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.