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Mar 29, Its round, dense shape forms a thick hedge when it’s grown in a row. Inkberry holly varieties vary from thick 4 foot (1 m.) versions to the almost tree-like 8 foot (2 m.) tall giants.

As the plant grows, the bottom branches tend to lose their leaves, giving the bottom of the plant a bare look.

Diseases & Problems With Inkberry. Inkberry (Ilex glabra), a type of holly bush, typically growing about 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide. The female plant produces black berrylike drupes. May 30, Legginess and loss of leaves at the bottom often happens as inkberry bushes age.

This can be corrected by rejuvenation pruning- pruning the entire bush down to inches off the ground when the inkberry is dormant. The best time is in winter or early spring. In coming years, it can be trimmed back by about 1/3 whenever necessary. How to Trim Inkberry Bushes. A type of holly, inkberry bush (Ilex glabra) is noted for its dark black berries that help beautify the garden through the winter. It is an evergreen shrub grown in U.

Sep 22, The most common reason for this to happen is drought stress.

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Holly Inkberry grows naturally in very moist or almost swampy locations but will tolerate soil with an average moisture a dry year or a year that is very hot, you may need to water them. 11 years ago. Hi all, My inkberry has developed some kind of disease since the winter. It has small black spots, and many leaves are turning yellow and falling off. It seemed to start on the inside but is now affecting much of the plant. The foliage is getting much thinner overall.

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I have read about Phytophthora cinnamomi, which seems to match. Apr 27, I planted an inkberry bush this past fall and seemed to survive the winter quite well.

Since February I've noticed that many of the leaves have turned brown and have fallen off. Also, the twigs are turning black, and even healthy looking green leaves fall off. I've pruned the dead twigs and fertilized with Miracle-Gro and it hasn't seemed to help. Dec 08, natas North East, MD (Zone 6a) Sep 24, About 2 weeks ago, I planted two inkberries and they don't seem to be doing well (many yellowing leaves falling off).

I think I planted them right; I followed the directions that came with the plants: dug the hole times the container size, used a 50/50 mix of peat moss and soil, mulched.