I bought 10 of these shrubs, one died the first year and the rest are growing well. No complaints but I have noticed the inkberry is a slow grower so if you want an instant garden I suggest buying the 3 gallon.
Strongbox® Inkberry holly Ilex glabra
- 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).
Native alternative to boxwood.
Love boxwood but struggle with disease or winter damage? Plant Strongbox® inkberry holly instead. This native evergreen naturally grows as a broadly rounded mound, and keeps its leaves all the way to the ground for the lush, dense look you love. It can be pruned or shaped as you desire, or left to attain its neat natural shape. It's also much faster growing than boxwood, and offers good deer resistance, too. Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.
Top reasons to grow Strongbox® inkberry holly:
Foliage InterestWinter InterestNative to North America
- Native to North America.
- Naturally mounded shape and evergreen.
- Resistant to disease, pests, and winter burn.
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:EvergreenHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:24 - 36 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:SpringHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Plant Strongbox inkberry holly anywhere you'd use boxwood - as a hedge, edging, or specimen. Strongbox inkberry holly is a bit broader and less rounded than our other inkberry holly, Gem Box®.Maintenance Notes:
Little care is needed to enjoy Strongbox inkberry holly in your landscape. It has shallow roots, so a 2-3" layer of mulch is a good idea. If you wish to trim or prune it, do so in mid-late spring, after the new growth has emerged.
Strongbox is a female variety and will develop black berries if a compatible male pollinator is planted in the vicinity.Fun Facts:
The berries of inkberry holly were used by Civil War soldiers to make ink for their personal correspondance.Strongbox® Ilex glabra 'ILEXFARROWTRACEY' USPP 30,147, Can PBRAF
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Andrew, Massachusetts, United States, 30 weeks ago
I was able to pick up several of these inkberry plants from my local nursery to use as a hedge up against my porch - They like sun & I have found them to be easy to care for - drought tolerant. Last year I saw some Whitefly on the woody stems & was able to eradicate them by spraying with 'Sevin' - I shape & cut them back quite a bit each Spring as they fill in very quickly & provide a really good looking hedge - I love the year around Greenery - All in all I am very happy with my purchase & I am looking to do another border hedge in my yard with these shrubs planted up against 'open' aluminum fence panels.Karen Basso, New Jersey, United States, 1 year ago