Ilex glabra

inkberry, gallberry


wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-12 ft    Width: 2-3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: evergreen


Recommended Uses: Good background plant. Can make a good screen. Becomes scraggly if overly shaded, but may be trimmed back for bushier growth. Clonal.
Propagation: Naturally clonal, so easily started from new offshoots. Seeds of most holly species require 2-3 years of dormancy before they will germinate.
Availability: Native nurseries, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: acidic


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Various bird species eat the fruit. Bees pollinate the flowers.
Native Habitats: Low flatwoods, cutthroat seeps, dry prairie, coastal swales, bogs, sinks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Rarely planted.