It’s indigenous from Nova Scotia to Florida and west to Mississippi.
- Prefers wet soils.
- Full sun to moderate shade.
- Grows to 6-8′ x 8-10′, with ‘Shamrock’ reaching only 5′ .
- Hardy to Zones 4-9.
- Because it’s listed as preferring wet soils, I keep mine watered during periods of drought.
- Inkberries can become leggy with age, as they lose leaves on the lower stems. The dwarf ‘Shamrock’ is less prone to legginess but still benefits from a bit of renewal pruning to reduce the height and maintain bushiness after it’s reached its full size. This can be accomplished by cutting back to 8-12 inches from the ground in March, or by shearing to reduce overall size.
by Susan Harris
Photo by Miri Talabac.