Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

INKBERRY
Ilex glabra
Aquifoliaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, evergreen, smooth, leathery, elliptical, up to 2 inches long, and with pubescent petioles and thickened, slightly toothed, leaf margins. Twigs are light gray and pubescent with lenticels. Bark is gray-brown. Fruit is a black drupe. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height. Inkberry is found in wet coastal forests of the southeastern U.S. The fruit is eaten by birds and small mammals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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