Green Magic Inkberry Holly

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Kick Your Landscape Up a Notch - Green Magic® Inkberry Holly!

  • Glossy Luxurious Foliage
  • Broad-Leaved Evergreen - Year-Round Sheen
  • Wonderfully Rounded Shape
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Small Whitish-Yellow Blooms!
  • Four-Season Interest
  • Female Shrub - Has Showy Black Berries in Fall
  • Pollinators Love Them & Birds Too
  • Requires Male Ilex glabra Nearby For Berries
  • Deer Resistant
  • Compact & Mid-Sized
  • Lovely Foundations & Hedges

Time for something different in the world of evergreens! The verdant hues of Green Magic® Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra 'Green Magic') keep their glossy, bright broadleaf evergreen, wide-spreading presence, and so much character year-round!

Green Magic® is a female Inkberry cultivar that's easy-care with lustrous foliage, attractive yellowish-white flowers. While insignificant to us, the flowers are irresistible to beneficial pollinators. Showy winter berries, that when pollinated by a nearby male, are black as ink, hence the name of these fantastic Holly!

Selected for its tight compact habit and glossy foliage, Inkberry maintains branching right to the ground, and always looks classy and full!

Pollinators and birds are drawn to the blooms and berries, making Inkberry a vital food source and wildlife plant! However, deer usually avoid these plants.

How to Use Green Magic® Inkberry Holly In The Landscape

Green Magic® remains neat and tidy, and a great mounded structural accent in any garden bed!

Glossy, lance-shaped leaves bring a high-style look to your garden beds or borders, without the designer price tag! Try them along a walkway or flanking your entry for a warm welcome.

Fitting into urban and formal beds as well as they do informal country plantings! Evergreen shrubs are amazing facer shrubs or curb-appeal kicking foundation plants. You'll get loads of berries on these female plants if a male Inkberry Holly is nearby. One male Ilex glabra pollinates 9-10 female Inkberry, therefore producing the black fruit that birds love!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Green Magic® Inkberry Holly performs beautifully in full sun all day long! Tolerating a few hours of shade a day, especially in the hotter of its USDA growing zones 5-9. Green Magic® is an excellent alternative to a Boxwood, especially in those areas that do not have as well-drained soils.

This native plant will appreciate regular water, weeding, and an acid-loving plant fertilizer so you can enjoy that inviting color all year round. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

That steady year-round green just looks so handsome and the dainty dark-green leaves retain that glossy sheen! Every garden bed needs a strong, architectural anchor like the charming Green Magic® Inkberry Holly! Order enough to complete your project from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Green Magic Inkberry Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex glabra 'Green Magic'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Wet
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Shiny Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No