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Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’ – Compact Inkberry

Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’ – Compact Inkberry

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Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’, known as Compact Inkberry, is an evergreen shrub that brings year-round beauty to any landscape. This dwarf variety, reaching only 3-4 feet in height and width, is ideal for creating low hedges or as a foundation planting. With its dense, dark green foliage and tolerance for a wide range of conditions, including wet soils, Compact Inkberry is a versatile and low-maintenance choice for gardeners. Its resistance to pests and diseases, along with its ability to thrive in both sun and shade, makes it a sturdy addition to eco-friendly gardens.


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6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Common Name



Broadleaf Evergreen




4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Height Range (ft.)

3.00 to 4.00

Spread (ft.)

4.00 to 6.00

Bloom Time

June, May

Bloom Description



Full Sun, Part Shade


Medium, Wet



Suggested Use

Hedge, Rain Garden









Winter Interest

Product Description

Discover the enduring charm of Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’, or Compact Inkberry, a versatile evergreen shrub that offers beauty and resilience in equal measure. This compact cultivar of the native Inkberry holly is distinguished by its dense, rounded form and rich, dark green leaves, making it an excellent choice for a variety of landscape applications.

Why Choose Compact Inkberry?

  • Year-Round Interest: Its evergreen foliage provides a constant backdrop of green, even in the winter months, adding structure and color to the garden.
  • Wildlife Friendly: Although it produces less noticeable berries compared to other hollies, it still attracts birds and provides shelter for wildlife.
  • Adaptable: Flourishes in a range of conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and is particularly well-suited for wet areas where other plants might struggle.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires little care, making it ideal for busy gardeners or those seeking a fuss-free landscaping option.

Growing Compact Inkberry

  • Sunlight Needs: Adapts well to full sun or partial shade, with more dense growth in sunnier locations.
  • Soil Preferences: Prefers acidic, moist, well-drained soils but is tolerant of a variety of soil types, including clay and wet conditions.
  • Watering: Although drought-tolerant once established, regular watering is recommended, especially in extreme heat.
  • Spacing: Plant 2-3 feet apart to allow for its mature spread, ideal for creating hedges or mass plantings.

Landscape Design Ideas

Compact Inkberry’s uniform shape and manageable size make it perfect for low hedges, border edging, or as a foundation plant. Its evergreen nature also makes it a valuable plant for winter gardens. Pair it with perennials for year-round interest, or use it as a backdrop for seasonal flowers to create depth and contrast in your garden design.

Environmental Impact

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’ contributes to the ecosystem by providing habitat and occasional food for birds. Its adaptability to wet soils also makes it a suitable choice for rain gardens, helping to manage water runoff while enhancing biodiversity.

Incorporate Ilex glabra ‘Compacta’ into your landscape for a touch of elegance that lasts all year. Whether you’re designing a formal hedge or seeking a reliable, evergreen accent, Compact Inkberry stands out as a robust and attractive choice that complements any garden setting.


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