Inkberry (Ilex glabra 'Compacta') in the Ilex Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 19, 2017 10:02 PM

After 'Shamrock' this 'Compacta' cultivar is the most commonly planted Inkberry in southeast Pennsylvania. It has a compact. oval habit and its expected landscape size is 4 to 6 feet high and a little wider. However, an old 10 feet high by 15 feet wide specimen was reported by Dr. Michael Dirr at Swarthmore University near Philadelphia, PA. This cultivar was selected in 1937 from seed collected from the pine barrens of southern New Jersey and grown at Princeton Nurseries. It is a female cultivar that can bear the black fruit. I would expect that if one planted the male cultivar of 'Nordic' nearby or had some males from the mother species, there would be more fruit for the birds.

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