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Gem Box® Inkberry holly Ilex glabra

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

Features

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.

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Produces Berries
Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Resists: 
Deer
Native to North America
Small or Miniature

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: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil PH Category: 
Acidic Soil
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Edging Plant
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

Hedging, container gardens

Maintenance 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
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