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Inkberry
Scientific Name: Ilex glabra (L.) Gray
Synonym:
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Inkberry (Ilex  glabra)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 487. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 3-24,26,28,31-41
USDA: 4-9

Heat Tolerance: Questionable in the low deserts

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Atlantic coast of North America

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, 2 to 12 feet feet tall (0.6-3.6 m), numerous suckers; simple leaves shiny and dark green above, 1.2 to 1.8 inches long (3-4.6 cm) and 0.6 to 0.8 inch wide (1.5-2 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Root suckers


'Shamrock' is a smaller cultivar, up to 4 feet tall (1.2 m), 4 feet wide, with less suckers than the species.

Blooming Habits:
Dioecious, small, greenish white, inconspicuous flowers, in late spring. The fruits are produced only on the female plants if there is a male plant nearby. Small, nearly black, shiny berries, 0.3 inch in diameter (0.8 cm), containing 3 to 9 seeds, ripening in fall and persisting into the following spring.

Fruiting Habits:


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