Ilex glabra

Appalachian Tea, Dye-leaves, Evergreen Winterberry, Gallberry, Ink Berry

  • Ilex glabra

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.

Other: seedlings need shade for their first year , Sporadic germination will occur over a 2-3 year period 

Looking for an ornamental plant that can also be used to make tea and honey? Look no further than Ilex glabra, also known as Appalachian Tea, Dye-leaves, Evergreen Winterberry, Gallberry, and Inkberry. This evergreen holly species is native to the Eastern and South Central United States and southern Canada. Its shiny dark green leaves, unique spreading growth habit, and ability to thrive in wet sites make it a popular choice for foundations, hedges, and accents. Gallberry nectar from this plant is used to create a pleasant honey that's popular in the southern US, while Native Americans have long brewed a black tea-like drink from dried and roasted inkberry leaves. It's no wonder this versatile plant is a favorite in landscapes along the middle and lower East Coast. USDA zones 6 to 10 are the ideal zones for cultivation.

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