- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
- Early Spring
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
A great native alternative to boxwood!
This cool new dwarf, broadleaf evergreen looks more like a boxwood than an inkberry. A dense, ball-shaped plant, Gem Box ilex has small, dainty, dark green leaves with attractive red tips during the spring flush. It maintains good branching right to the ground so it never looks bare-legged like other cultivars may. It's great as a small evergreen hedge or used as a container specimen in milder climates.Best SellerProduces BerriesFoliage InterestFall InterestWinter InterestResists:DeerNative to North AmericaSmall or Miniature
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Hedging, container gardensMaintenance Notes:
Prefers moist acidic soils. Good shade tolerance. Prune to shape in late winter. Apply an evergreen fertilizer in spring.Gem Box® Ilex glabra 'SMNIGAB17' USPP 27,554, Can 5,629