Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'

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 compact broadleaf evergreen ideal for the woodland garden.

  • Loads of black berries throughout winter
  • Newly emerging foliage is bright green
  • Compact evergreen

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: 4-5 ft
Spread: 4-5 ft
Zone: 4-9
Color: White

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
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive fruit
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting
  • Slow Growing
  • Summer Bloomer

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained