• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing, rounded shrub; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Evergreen Shrub
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks GLA-bra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing, rounded shrub; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Design IdeasA hardy male inkberry that produces no fruit with excellent foliage. Makes 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.
    Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Blueberry (Vaccinium); Peony (Paeonia); False Holly (Osmanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.