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Ilex glabra

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Known for its lustrous, evergreen foliage and uniform habit when young, inkberry (Ilex glabra) is a quality landscape plant. Ranging from 4-6’ in height, this durable shrub prefers full sun to filtered shade and will tolerate salt and heavy, wet clay soils. Black fruit develops on female plants in autumn and feeds a variety of songbirds in the winter. Inkberry performs well in the garden as a foundation plant, back of border shrub and is an excellent evergreen in seasonally wet spots. In response to pruning it will form suckering colonies. The gentle, rounded outline complements eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), red osier dogwood (Swida sericea), winterberry (Ilex verticillata), dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), and swamp rose-mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos). Zones 4-9. 

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