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Nordic™ Inkberry

Ilex glabra 'Chamzin'

Lustrous deep green foliage covers this compact, rounded shrub. An excellent choice for foundations, hedges, and mass plantings, or for use as an accent plant. This easy-care evergreen tolerates a range of soil conditions and even moderately shaded exposures. This female selection bears discreet black fruit if pollinated by a male.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationI-leks GLAY-bruh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing, rounded shrub; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasMakes a fine background for showier short stature plants in winter or summer. Evergreen cover-up for year around beauty along foundations or fence lines. Well suited to low hedges either natural or sheared into a rigid formal character for dividing front yards. Single specimens can also be sheared for topiary-like precision form. Wind resistance makes an excellent choice that helps with snow drift.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Blueberry (Vaccinium); Peony (Paeonia); False Holly (Osmanthus)

Very adaptable, tolerating light or heavy, low to high moisture, neutral to slightly acidic soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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