Ilex Gem Box® Holly

Ilex Gem Box® Holly

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A Native Plant | Deer Resistant & Salt Tolerant
SKU 36997
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

3 Feet

Mature Width

3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Ilex Gem Box® Holly

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs variety, Ilex Gem Box® Holly.

A dwarf variety, Ilex Gem Box® is a broadleaf evergreen shrub offering year-round interest. Grown for its foliage, the plant looks more like a boxwood than an inkberry holly and grows as a small, dense globe of attractive dainty dark green leaves with red tips in spring. This bush requires little shaping to maintain its natural spherical form.

An Ilex glabra, also known as inkberry or gallberry, Ilex Gem Box® has a compact, upright, mounded habit and a slow growth rate. The ball-shaped shrub has good branching to the ground and will not appear "leggy." Stoloniferous, it can spread by root suckers. Ilex Gem Box® is a female variety that can produce pea-sized berries if a compatible male is planted within pollination range. Great for small garden spaces, it is also a nice container plant in milder climates. Massed, it makes a fine small, informal hedge or shrub border.

Easy to grow, Ilex Gem Box grows best in sunny to partly sunny locations with rich, consistently moist soils having an acidic pH. It grows naturally around swamps and bogs, so it tolerates wet soils and a fair amount of shade, but neutral to alkaline soils should be avoided. Although little to no pruning is required, any desired pruning should be done in spring just before new growth emerges. It is deer resistant and salt tolerant.

A native plant, Gem Box is indigenous to North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Ilex
Species glabra
Variety 'SMNIGAB17'
Plant Patent PP27554
Product Classification Perennials, Shrubs
Habit Dwarf
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant
Special Features Berries, Evergreen
Uses Containers, Foliage Interest, Hedge
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions AZ, GU, HI, ID, PR, VI

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