Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') in the Ilex Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6-9 feet high
Plant Spread: 6-9 feet wide
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: The foliage stays healthy all summer and isn't bothered by insects. The leaves drop off the plant in late fall to expose the beautiful berries. You'll need both male and female plants.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Polinated by 'Southern Gentleman' 1-male for 6-females.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Other: Patented.
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' on a foggy morning in December.

Comments:
Posted by blue23rose (Elberfeld, Indiana, USA - Zone 6b) on Aug 23, 2014 4:05 PM

Definitely has winter interest with its red berries that last well over three months in my zone 6b garden, from November through February. It is a great plant for the birds to feed on during winter. The white blooms are very small and nothing special in early summer. Mine are doing well on the north side of the house, where they get a lot of afternoon shade. I have 'Southern Gentleman' on the west side of the house as a pollinator for 'Winter Red'.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 18, 2017 7:28 PM

'Winter Red' is the most used of the several Winterberry cultivars offered. It is a full-sized cultivar like the mother species, but its fruit is very bright red, a little larger, and profusely borne. Its leaves are relatively large, long and sharp. "Southern gentleman' is the male cultivar most commonly used to pollinate this female cultivar.

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Late summer, ornamental berries. by conniepr27 Sep 24, 2016 5:02 PM 15

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