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Compact Inkberry

Ilex glabra 'Compacta'

This dwarf holly with a dense, twiggy habit makes an excellent hedge or border plant with an abundance of black berries in fall that persist through winter, accenting the glossy evergreen foliage. An excellent hedge or border plant that tolerates a variety of conditions, even warm humidity. Requires a male Inkberry for berry set.
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Botanical PronunciationI-leks GLAY-bruh kom-PAK-ta
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide, easily pruned to 2 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
Design IdeasThis great little Holly is a versatile performer. As a native of Florida, it is adapted to the southern states. Its berries are a good choice for bird-friendly gardens. Plant as a divider between beds and borders or to enclose a space filled with seasonal color. This is perhaps the only true Holly to find a natural home in the tropics! Also surprisingly hardy to USDA Zone 3.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); False Holly (Osmanthus); Blueberry (Vaccinium)

Very adaptable, tolerating light or heavy, low to high moisture, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; reduce frequency once established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. May be pruned annually to shape or maintain smaller size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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