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Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly*

Ilex glabra 'Ivory Queen'

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Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'Ivory Queen') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly foliage

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


An interesting broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring a dense, compact habit of growth with narrow dark green leaves, unique and showy white fruit sets it apart from the species; excellent choice for the garden or foundation planting, makes a good hedge

Ornamental Features

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly has dark green foliage. The glossy narrow leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It produces white berries from early fall to late winter.

Landscape Attributes

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Ivory Queen Inkberry Holly will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary 
Fruit  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features