Inkberry Holly Bushes

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  1. Pruning Inkberry
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Asked by Anonymous on May 30, 2011
Pruning Inkberry

When can I prune an inkberry bush, and how do I prune one?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on September 9, 2011
Inkberry Holly Disease

My Inkberry Holly bushes have developed dark spots on the leaves that ultimately turn completely dark brown or black. The branch supporting those leaves apparently dies. This has occured with bushes in close proximity with one being diseased and the other 6 feet away with no problem. My landscaping had 22 of these bushes. I have 14 remaining but some starting to show the disease. Could you please tell me what caused this problem and the cure?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on October 3, 2011
Caring for an Inkberry Holly

I have an Inkberry holly, which is rather bare at the bottom. How can I get it to fill in and how and when do I trim it? Also, I would like tips for the general care of it, please.

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Asked by Ohitsallama on September 29, 2016
Inkberry Cross-Pollination

I’m having a terrible time finding out what inkberry cultivars are male and female and which flower at the same time so the berries can be produced. I seem to be constantly finding vague or contradictory information. I ‘think “Nigra” is female and “Nordic” is male (not positive) but I know from winterberries that even when you’re sure that you have a male and female, it doesn’t mean bloom times will overlap. Any help? Thanks!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, lot's of conflicting information when it comes to Inkberry cultivators.
My research shows that both Nordic and Nigra are male.
Female cultivators to look for; Alba, Leucocarpa, Ivory Queen and Compacta.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/growing-inkberry-holly.htm

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Ohitsallama

Made some calls around today and seems like the "Nigra" is for sure female. Also found that Michael Dirr's book on woody plants lists "Nigra" as female.
Would love to know if Nordic flowers at a similar time. Might just risk it.

Why doesn't anyone sell paired m/f plants???

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Asked by anotherdjmike on October 15, 2016
Inkberry Bush

Do they always get bare at the bottom?

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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 12-18 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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm

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Asked by kellad41 on May 10, 2017
Transplanting Bushes

Have two ink berry bushes that are out of control. To large for the area where we have them.
Can they be transplanted. If so when is the correct time.
Thanks

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Downtoearthdigs
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Moving a well established shrub can be done, but will need to be planned.
Since the plant will lose it's fine feeder roots you will need to root prune the plant in the fall to prepare it for a move in early spring.
This link will help you.

https://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fact-sheets/trees-shrubs/transplanting-or-moving-trees-and-shrubs-in-the-landscape

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