Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'
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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

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Common Name: Winterberry
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: May
Mature Height: 10' Spacing: 5-8'
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Sensible people do not plant male Hollies without female Hollies because only the female shrubs produce the bright red berries we all love: Give the female Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' a prominent spot, and tuck a male such as 'Southern Gentleman,' which is necessary for pollination, in an out-of-the-way corner. A male can be up to 40' from a female without reducing fruit set.

'Winter Red' tolerates a range of light conditions but insists on acid soil. Prune plants in late winter or after bloom. Keep in mind that pruning at either time will reduce fruit ion in fall.

The genus Ilex includes 350 species, and the majority of trees and shrubs in it appear as spiny, evergreens with red berries. Harder to find are selections of our deciduous, native species, Ilex verticillata.




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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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Going Great

It took a number of years for them to begin to look like anything much, but they are now big and beautiful - Absolutely covered top to bottom with bright red berries. They are fantastic to have for holiday decorating and beautiful in the yard. One of my best garden choices.

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Winterberry Red

I bought about 6 female and one male winterberry last Spring. They were a nice size to start and have been growing great. Had berries even last Fall and have leafed out vigorously this Spring. They are planted in partial shade, and we have been having a very wet couple of years which might be helping them.

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Winterberry Pair Ilex

Planted Winterberry Pair last spring (2018). The male seems to have survived (a stem I scratched is green)
but the female didn't. They were planted in semi-shade of maple tree on west side of house. Didn't check pH of soil.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 5 years ago (04/13/19 12:59PM)

I am sorry to learn the female winterberry plant did not survive the winter Mary and I will be contacting you via email regarding compensation.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: eye'-lex 

This genus includes some 350 species and is best known for its spiny, evergreen forms with red berries. There are also deciduous selections. All are popular landscape plants whose berries often persist well into winter, and are especially striking against the snow.

Only the female plants produce berries. Give the females a prominent spot and tuck the male plant (which is necessary for pollination) in a less obvious one. A male plant can be up to 40′ from the female without reducing fruit set.

Blue Hollies

The so-called Blue Hollies (Ilex x meserveae) are hybrids between the English Holly, I. aquifolium, and a more cold-tolerant species from northern Japan (I. rugosa). They offer the glossy, spiny leaves of English Holly on plants that are hardier.

Grow Blue Hollies in full sun or light shade in average, well-drained soil. In cold-winter climates, plant in a spot protected from north winds. Prune in late winter or after bloom, but be aware that pruning reduces fruit production.

Winterberry Hollies

Winterberry Hollies (Ilex verticillata) are deciduous plants. Leaves are mid-green and quite unlike the prickly, shiny leaves of evergreen Hollies. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow, then drop to reveal dense clusters of bright red, berry-like fruits on the female plants.

Winterberry Holly grows in full sun, partial shade, and even quite dense shade (at some cost to flower and berry production). In the wild, it is found in wet soil, but it also grows well in average soil and tolerates a fair measure of drought once established. It does insist on acid soil. Prune in late winter or after bloom, but be aware that pruning reduces fruit production. Not a good choice in the desert Southwest.

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