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Inkberry ‘Shamrock’ | Plant Profile

Inkberry ‘Shamrock’ (Ilex glabra) are broadleaf evergreen shrubs. These shrubs are part of the Holly family. This variety is slow growing, reaching only to 4′ in maturity. The shiny, dark green leaves have pointed teeth near the tip of each leaf. White flowers produce black berries if pollinated.

Inkberry ‘Shamrock’ prefers acidic, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Pruning is only necessary if desired or used as a hedge. ‘Shamrock’ spreads by basal shoots and can colonize an area if the shoots are not removed.

The attractive bright green color of ‘Shamrock’ makes these shrubs an ideal choice as informal or low hedges. Their tolerance of wet soils means that they can be located in low or wet spots to absorb excess ground moisture. They are commonly planted near ponds or streams to bring texture and color to wetland areas.


Inkberry 'Shamrock' Characteristics

Inkberry 'Shamrock' are dioecious shrubs, meaning that individual plants are either male or female. In order for the black berries to be produced, female plants much be pollinated by a nearby male plant.

The honey that bees produce using Inkberry pollen is highly coveted. Many bee keepers plant fields of Inkberry for valuable honey, making these an ideal choice for amateur bee keepers. Birds are attracted to the berries that are produced, so these shrubs can be a great addition to bird watching landscapes.

While few serious insect or diseases are common for Inkberry, Chlorosis is a serious threat. This is the yellowing of leaves that occur in soils that are too alkaline and can result in death.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 9
3.00 - 4.00'
3.00 - 4.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Medium - Wet
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?