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Forever Emerald™ Inkberry Holly

Availability : Pre-Order for Spring
Availability : In Stock
$34.99
This product does not ship to: Idaho
  • Full Sun to Partial Sun (At Least 5 - 6 Hours Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 4 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

Are you searching for a vigorous, easy-to-grow evergreen shrub? Consider Forever Emerald™ Inkberry, a showy broadleaf perennial featuring small lustrous leaves, dark emerald on the topsides and pale green on the undersides. In late spring, one-half to one-inch white flowers appear, supporting bees. These turn to purplish-black fruit. Also known as Ilex glabra Forever Emerald™ (‘Alexander’), this showy, dense species of holly looks less like a typical inkberry and more like a boxwood. 

This deer-resistant bush is native to Eastern North America and cold hardy in zones 5 to 8. It is compact and reaches only 2 to 3 feet high and 2 to 4 feet wide at maturity. Growing round and full, it maintains an excellent organic shape. It works well in hedges, windbreaks, borders, mass plantings, and beds, and can also thrive in containers. 

Forever Emerald™ Inkberry Care

Plant this shrub in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. While appreciative of full sun, it can withstand some shade. Amend alkaline or poorly draining soil with compost. Since this inkberry appreciates consistently moist soil, water weekly even after the roots are established, particularly during drought. Feed this broadleaf a slow-release granular fertilizer for acid lovers during the spring. 

Prune this evergreen yearly to improve its shape during late winter. Also, trim any dead, diseased, damaged and crossed branches to enhance air flow and access to sunlight.

This bush works well in containers. Plant it in a pot 15 inches in diameter with several drainage holes. While Forever Emerald™ Inkberry prefers consistently moist soil, it requires soil that drains well. Use a light potting medium with plenty of perlite for drainage. Plants kept in containers typically lose moisture more quickly than those maintained in the ground; therefore, water when the top one to two inches of soil are dry.  

Forever Emerald™ Inkberry Spacing

Space each shrub 3 to 4 feet apart when creating a hedge or mass planting. Plant with viburnum and hydrangea.

Forever Emerald™ Inkberry Holly Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Sun (At Least 5 - 6 Hours Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 2 - 4 Feet
Spacing: 2 - 4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Petite, Dark green Foliage
Seasonal Interest: Winter Interest, 4 Season Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Foliage Interest
Brand:
Common Name: Forever Emerald™ Inkberry
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Ilex glabra Forever Emerald
SKU:
1231014901-pc

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
 Volume:
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:
   Quart

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
 Volume:
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
 Volume:
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
 Volume:
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
 Volume:
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
 Volume:
   2.32-2.76 gallons


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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location


Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.