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Strongbox® Inkberry holly Ilex glabra

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 36 Inches
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Strongbox® Inkberry holly Ilex glabra
Part Sun to Sun 24 - 36

Features

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:

  • Native to North America.
  • Naturally mounded shape and evergreen.
  • Resistant to disease, pests, and winter burn.
Foliage Interest
Winter Interest
Native to North America

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Evergreen
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Edging Plant
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses 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. 

Fun Facts: 

The berries of inkberry holly were used by Civil War soldiers to make ink for their personal correspondance. 

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