Ilex glabra 'Nigra'

Inkberry Holly

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune to shape in the spring, and will tolerate shearing if you want. It may try to spread, so remove unwanted shoots that appear at ground level.

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An excellent evergreen shrub for the woodland garden.

  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub that prefers moist soils
  • Attractive black fruit in the fall
  • Lush foliage

Plant to grow naturally in moist woodland gardens or by streams or ponds. It can also grow in more formal shrub borders or house foundation plantings. Will do best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 5-8 ft
Spread: 2-3 ft
Zone: 4-9

Interesting Notes about Inkberry Holly:

Inkberry prefers moist soils that are rich in organic matter and that are slightly acidic in pH. This shrub will tolerate poorly drained and wet soils.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Slow Growing
  • Evergreen
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Average Water