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Quick Overview

  • Disease Resistant,
  • Boxwood Substitute,
  • Evergreen Color
Common Name:Holly - Inkberry
Plant Type:Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 What is my zone?
Height:2 - 3 Feet
Spread:2 - 3 Feet
Exposure:Full Sun (+6 hrs.)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Nature Attractions:Bee-Friendly, Songbirds
Critter Resistance:Deer

Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
STRONGBOX® Ilex - PWCC - 8" Jumbo Pot
(Ships in Spring by USDA Zone)
  • Buy 3 for $35.14 each and save 5%
  • Buy 6 for $33.29 each and save 10%
  • Buy 12 for $31.44 each and save 15%


(Inkberry Holly) Looking for a boxwood alternative? Look no further than STRONGBOX® Ilex. Standing 2-3 foot tall and wide, STRONGBOX® creates a nice mounding evergreen shrub. The foliage is often mistaken for a boxwood, although it is darker green in color. Filling out nicely from top to bottom, STRONGBOX® can be shaped into squares, circles or cylinder shapes. This native shrub can be planted in full sun to part shade locations and provides color and interest in every season. STRONGBOX® can be shaped into short hedges, used as a specimen or in container designs. This disease resistant shrub is a great substitute for Boxwood. Although STRONGBOX® rarely needs to be trimmed, you may trim this evergreen if desired in the fall or winter. Ilex STRONGBOX®, A PROVEN WINNERS® COLORCHOICE® Flowering Shrub.
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STRONGBOX® Ilex glabra 'Ilexfarrowtracey' PPAF

Common Name Holly - Inkberry
USDA Hardiness Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Shrub
Sun Exposure Full Sun (+6 hrs.), Part Shade (4-6 hrs.)
Soil Moisture Needs Moderate
Nature Attractions Bee-Friendly, Songbirds
Critter Resistance Deer
Max Height 2-3 Feet
Max Spread 2-3 Feet
Attributes Compact Shrub, Evergreen, Native
Design Use Border, Container, Specimen, Structure
Growth Habit Mounding
Season of Interest (Foliage) Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

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