Ilex glabra

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Aquifoliales
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex
Species: I. glabra
Binomial name
Ilex glabra
(L.) Gray
'Compacta' leaves

Ilex glabra, also known as Appalachian tea, dye-leaves, evergreen winterberry, gallberry, and inkberry, is a species of evergreen holly native to Eastern North America in the United States and far southeast Atlantic Canada. Its native range is from seashore Texas and Florida north to coastal Nova Scotia, as well as the southern Ohio and Mississippi Valley. This upright, bushy plant grows six to eight feet tall and is often used as an ornamental "bearing in the fall a profusion of black berries."[1] Gallberry nectar is the source of a pleasant honey that is popular in the southern United States.


  1. ^ Cloud, Katherine Mallet-Prevost. The Cultivation of Shrubs (Chapter IX: Cultural Instructions), Dodd, Mead & Company, 1927, p. 191.

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