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Strongbox® Inkberry Holly

Ilex glabra 'ILEXFARROWTRACEY'

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Strongbox Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'ILEXFARROWTRACEY') at Caan Floral & Greenhouse

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly

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Strongbox Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'ILEXFARROWTRACEY') at Caan Floral & Greenhouse

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

This excellent variety looks more like a boxwood than an inkberry; naturally grows as a broadly rounded mound, with leaves all the way to the ground; perfect as a small evergreen hedge or container specimen in milder climates

Ornamental Features

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly has dark green evergreen foliage on a plant with a round habit of growth. The small glossy narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. It produces black berries from mid fall to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a dioecious species, meaning that individual plants are either male or female. Only the females will produce fruit, and a male variety of the same species is required nearby as a pollinator.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. This plant should be periodically fertilized throughout the active growing season with a specially-formulated acidic fertilizer. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Strongbox® Inkberry Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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