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Gallberry, Ilex glabra, is a native Holly that grows 3 to 6 ft. tall. It is a mound-shaped, colony forming shrub, lacking spines on the leaves, only having teeth toward the tip of the small, dark green leaves. Small white flowers in the spring and heavily used by pollinators are followed by black berries which persist well into winter. Birds use the fruit as a winter food source. Gallberry should be planted in moist, well drained, acidic soil. This plant, although ornamental, can be demanding with adequate watering to establish. Gallberry when be used in the right conditions, can be a nice small to medium size landscape shrub.

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