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PlantFiles: Inkberry, Gallberry
Ilex glabra 'Chamzin'

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: glabra (GLAY-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chamzin
Additional cultivar information: (aka Nordic)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Grown for foliage

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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On Jun 2, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Although inkberries are dioecious (separate male and female plants), NORDIC is a male selection that produces no fruit. It is native to Eastern North America from Nova Scotia to Florida to Louisiana (hugs the coasts). As a native plant gardener, I've been looking for a native plant that is also evergreen. Ilex glabra fits the bill. However, since I'm in Indiana I'm out of it's native range. So I was delighted to find NORDIC since it's male, won't produce fruit and I don't have to worry about the birds spreading it's seeds all over my woods.

Positive braun06 On Apr 26, 2013, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Of all of the cultivars of this plant, for northern zones of its range this one is the most recommended for planting by me. I did a stress test on some cheap 2 dollar late season plants the store got just to see how they did.

In central Illinois inkberry are questionable landscape plants as for one reason or another they rarely seem to thrive in exposed plantings as they do just 2 hours east of here in Indiana. Here to have a good looking plant they need to be placed in somewhat shady locations where moisture availabilty can be high with a mulched root zone.

I planted mine in a low swale area in full sun with no mulching. They retained their green color year round and grew but also became leggy through drought as might be expected. In severe drought and heat they were watered a couple times deeply. This cultivar though is tough considering what natural environments the species grows in. The plants have proven rabbit resistant with a few nibbles here and there. My soils tend to yellow out the best of acid loving plants and the shrubs didn't seem to notice. Shrubs have since been removed as the theme of the planting bed no longer suits broadleaf evergreens.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Valparaiso, Indiana

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