Nordic Inkberry

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Get gorgeous black fruit and year-round greenery, the naturally rounded and compact Inkberry Nordic Inkberry (Ilex glabra 'Chamzin') is an outstanding and carefree shrub that fits beautifully into modern landscapes. The broad-leaved evergreen leaves are deep lustrous green and glisten in the sunlight!

Spring brings pollinators seeking out the white blossoms that are small and insignificant but vital nectar resources for bees! You may see other nurseries incorrectly selling Nordic as a male pollinator, but Nordic is a female shrub. You will need a male shrub for pollination, and if you have both, the female shrubs will display ink-black fruit that birds adore and add further interest along with the fine-textured broad-leaved evergreen foliage!

This useful and beautiful shrub is gorgeous year-round with or without any fruits! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 8, Nordic is very cold-tolerant and resistant. Growing into a mounded, rounded and naturally shapely shrub 3-4 feet in width and height!

Planting and Application:

It is excellent for foundation, hedges, masses, and as a four-season accent plant. Nordic Compact Inkberry is well suited as low backdrops and edging. Single specimens can also be sheared for topiary-like precision! Its ability to thrive in high moisture means Nordic works beautifully around Rain Gardens and along water features!

Because of wind resistance, it makes an excellent choice that helps with snow drifts. Plant it along the driveway to reduce your shoveling task. The soft foliage has no spines or pokes like other Holly bushes, and works great along pathways, sidewalks, and driveways! The space-saving size makes Nordic readily containerized for accenting anywhere in the sun!

  • Shiny Leaves on an Elegant, Compact Grower
  • Tiny White Flowers for Pollinators
  • Female Shrub Produces Small Dark Fruit When Pollinated By A Male
  • Broad-Leaved Evergreen & Winter Interest
  • Low Hedges, Pathways, Rain Gardens & Large Planters

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This evergreen Inkberry needs full sun and partial shade, and prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, rich in organic matter. It is tolerant of continually wet soils and can be easily pruned to maintain size and shape. Give them 3-4 inches of arborist mulch over the root system retain moisture, and insulate the roots. It is best to follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system and provide a good drink before winter. Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape or allow it to grow more naturally for a carefree foundation plant.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Cold Hardy & Adaptable
  • Tolerates Periodically Wet Soils
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Can Be Sheared in Early Spring or Allowed to Grow Naturally

Get year-round interest with the easy-care Nordic Compact Inkberry Holly at Nature Hills Nursery! Black fruit on female shrubs and adaptable, cold-hardy, and versatile little broad-leaved evergreen shrubs!

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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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.

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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.

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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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Nordic Inkberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex glabra 'Chamzin'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Average to Moist
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring