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Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’ – Shamrock Inkberry

Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’ – Shamrock Inkberry

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Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’, also known as Shamrock Inkberry, is a compact, evergreen shrub celebrated for its glossy, deep green leaves and adaptable nature. Ideal for creating dense, low hedges or used as a striking specimen in garden beds and borders, Shamrock Inkberry offers year-round interest and texture. This variety is particularly valued for its uniform shape and improved cold tolerance, making it a versatile choice for landscapes across many zones. Easy to care for and resistant to pests, it’s a robust addition to any garden, providing beauty and structure with minimal maintenance.


Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Height Range (ft.)

5.00 to 8.00

Bloom Time


Bloom Description



Full Sun, Part Shade


Medium, Wet


Wet Soil


Rounded, Upright


Dark Green, Elliptic, Flat, Glossy, Ovate, Spineless

Soil pH requirements


Product Description

Introducing Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’, commonly referred to as Shamrock Inkberry, a lush, evergreen shrub that brings a touch of elegance and resilience to any landscape. With its compact habit and vibrant green foliage, Shamrock Inkberry stands out as a versatile garden component, suitable for a wide range of design scenarios.

Why Shamrock Inkberry?

  • Year-Round Beauty: Its glossy, dark green leaves maintain their color and vitality throughout the seasons, offering a constant backdrop of greenery.
  • Compact Growth: ‘Shamrock’ maintains a neat, rounded shape that rarely needs pruning, making it ideal for low-maintenance landscapes.
  • Versatility: Perfect for hedges, foundation plantings, or as an accent plant, its compact size and attractive foliage complement various garden styles.
  • Environmental Adaptability: Thriving in zones 4 through 9, Shamrock Inkberry is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including wet conditions, and shows improved cold tolerance.

Cultivation and Care

  • Light Requirements: Prefers full sun to partial shade, with more vibrant leaf color and denser growth in sunnier spots.
  • Soil Preferences: Adapts to most soil types but thrives in acidic, well-drained soils. Tolerant of wet conditions, making it a great choice for challenging areas.
  • Watering Needs: Establish with regular watering then enjoy its drought tolerance. Moist, but well-drained conditions are ideal.
  • Plant Spacing: For hedges or mass plantings, space plants approximately 3 to 5 feet apart to allow for their mature spread.

Landscape Uses

Shamrock Inkberry’s controlled growth and evergreen nature make it exceptionally useful for continuous structure in the garden. Utilize it in formal hedge settings, as part of foundation plantings for year-round greenery, or in rain gardens where its tolerance for wet soils can be beneficial. Its pest and disease resistance further adds to its landscape value, providing a hassle-free solution for both new and experienced gardeners.

Contributions to Biodiversity

While primarily ornamental, Shamrock Inkberry also supports local ecosystems by providing shelter for birds and small wildlife. Its small, inconspicuous flowers can attract pollinators, contributing to the garden’s ecological balance.

Embrace the enduring charm of Ilex glabra ‘Shamrock’ in your garden to achieve a blend of aesthetic appeal, functionality, and ease of maintenance. Whether shaping the perfect hedge or enhancing garden biodiversity, Shamrock Inkberry is a testament to the beauty and resilience of native landscaping.


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