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Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' - Shamrock Inkberry Holly

Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'

Shamrock Inkberry

Categories: Shrub

A nice compact slow growing shrub with flat dark glossy green somewhat pointed leaves. Tiny white flowers in spring with black fruit in fall that persists into winter. Tolerates heavy pruning and keeps a full bottom. Does well in full sun or partial shade and in moist conditions; prefers acid soil. Excellent as a small hedge, foundation planting or as an accent plant.

We offer Shamrock 18" to 24" in a 5 gallon container.


More About Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'

  • Ideal for wet locations.
  • Naturalized areas.
  • Major nectar source for bees.

Interesting Notes:

The inkberry holly is a native plant that grows from Nova Scotia to Texas. In the wild, inkberry holly is found in low-lying wet areas but do well in most soil conditions that are not consistently dry. This holly is good for mass planting, foundation planting and an informal screening or as an evergreen border. Grows well in full sun or medium shade.


4-5 Feet


4-5 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Ilex glabra 'Shamrock' Characteristics


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture

  • Average Water
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands


  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Edging
  • Fast Growing
  • Evergreen
  • Border or Bed

Foliage Color

  • Green


  • Mounding
  • Upright

Genus Overview: Ilex

Family: Aquifoliaceae

There are about 400 species in the Aquifoliaceae group of plant and nearly all of them belong to the holly species. Most are evergreen trees or shrubs with several species being deciduous (lose their leaves seasonally). Most varieties have flat shiney leaves with only a few having spines such as the American holly and English holly and their hybrids.