Ilex Gem Box® Holly

Item #36997
$30.95 $21.67


A Native Plant | Deer Resistant & Salt Tolerant

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.


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Genus Ilex
Species glabra
Variety 'SMNIGAB17'
ppaf PP27554
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Habit Dwarf
Height 24 in - 3 ft
Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Berries, Evergreen
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Containers, Foliage Interest, Hedge
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Idaho, Arizona, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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