Ilex glabra Shamrock

Shamrock Inkberry Holly

At 3'-5' tall, Shamrock was selected for its compact habit and glistening, bright green new foliage. This dwarf female holly makes an excellent hedge or border plant. Inconspicuous creamy white flowers May-June are a major nectar source for bees and other pollinators. 

Needs a male pollinator for female flowers to produce pea-sized black fruit that are attractive to songbirds through winter. Dense branching provides cover for wildlife.

Good choice as an evergreen hedge and for wet soils.

  • Upright, compact habit
  • Small, glistening green foliage
  • Native evergreen

  • Category: Shrub, Native
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Height: 3-5 ft
  • Spread: 3-4 ft
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Foliage Color: Green
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Landscape Characteristics
Ornamental Fruit
Classification by Use
Foundation Planting
Hedge/Screen
Mass Planting
Native
Specialty Use
Wildlife Garden
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Pollinators
Habit
Compact
Upright
Light Requirement
Part Sun
Sun
Foliage
Evergreen
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter
Growth Rate
Moderate
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well-Drained
Wet Soil/Wetlands
Foliage Color
Green
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Ilex glabra Shamrock

Grow in part sun to full sun. Prefers moist, acidic soil. Tolerates wet soil.