Ilex – Strongbox®
The berries of inkberry holly were used by Civil War soldiers to make ink for their personal correspondance.
Native to North America
Little care is needed to enjoy Strongbox inkberry holly in your landscape. It has shallow roots, so a 2-3" layer of mulch is a good idea. If you wish to trim or prune it, do so in mid-late spring, after the new growth has emerged.
Strongbox is a female variety and will develop black berries if a compatible male pollinator is planted in the vicinity.
Plant Strongbox inkberry holly anywhere you'd use boxwood - as a hedge, edging, or specimen. Strongbox inkberry holly is a bit broader and less rounded than our other inkberry holly, Gem Box®.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On Old Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Edging Plant, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point