inkberry Aquifoliaceae Ilex
glabra (L.) A. Gray
|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.
Looks like: large gallberry
- myrtle holly
| Additional Range Information:
Ilex glabra is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting inkberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson