Ilex glabra

Inkberry Ilex glabra is a slow-growing, colony-forming, broadleaf evergreen shrub (6’ – 12’ tall). This holly occurs most commonly in the low sandy acid soil of pinelands, swamps, bogs, wet woods, pocosins, and savannas in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana. Inkberry grows best in rich, consistently moist, acidic soils in full sun, but it is shade and flood tolerant.

Its white flowers appear in Summer; the fruit, which is black at maturity, is eaten by small mammals and a variety of birds. Inkberry makes an excellent informal hedge.

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