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Anonymous on
September 9, 2011

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 10, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 3, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 4, 2011
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Asked by
Ohitsallama on
September 29, 2016
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Q. 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!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 29, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

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 on
September 29, 2016
A.

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
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Q. inkberry bush

Do they always get bare at the bottom?

Answered by
Alisma on
October 16, 2016
Certified Expert
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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
Charlotteville, Va. 22903

Q. 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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 11, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

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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