Ilex glabra (inkberry)

(Question)

We noticed an inkberry shrub in the inner courtyard in the Botanic Gardens and were wondering where we would be able to purchase it. Would you have information on sources for buying one?

Thank you.

 

(Answer)

Inkberry (Ilex glabra), is often found as a compact shrub that grows to a height of 1.25 m. the foliage is dark green, and the insignificant flowers produce black berries that stay through the winter. It is a broadleafed evergreen, therefore it keeps its leaves in the winter, which turn a purplish colour. It is slow growing, but it can be used as a border or hedge. It is easily pruned for this purpose. It is suitable in our climate zone, and can withstand sun to part sun.

We do not recommend specific sources. And, as it is late in the season, it may be  difficult to find. However, in spring and possibly fall, this shrub should be available from a number of reputable garden centres. I recommend that you do some online searches.