inkberry Aquifoliaceae Ilex glabra
Leaf:Alternate, simple, entire or serrated on upper half, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, oblong to obovate, evergreen, leathery, shiny and dark green above, lighter and dull beneath.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small, greenish white and inconspicuous, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Small, nearly black, shiny, berry-like drupes, 1/3 inch in diameter; ripening in fall and persisting into the following spring.
Twig:Slender, ridged or lined, green the first year turning gray later, small green buds.
Bark:Smooth, dark greenish brown.
Form:An open evergreen shrub forming clusters due to numerous sprouts. Reaches up to 10 feet tall.