Winter Red Winterberry

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Winter Red Winterberry is famed for its signature clusters of festive red berries that persist into winter, providing year-round color and food for birds. This female plant’s small white flowers require pollination from male Southern Gentleman Winterberry plants to produce berries. Plant at least one male for up to 6-10 female plants. In autumn, this native shrub’s glossy green foliage will drop, leaving the stunning berry-studded branches. (Ilex verticillata)
Zones 3 - 9
Attract Birds
Good For Hedge / Screen
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8 feet) , 72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(6-8 feet tall x 6-8 feet wide) A deciduous holly that brings year-round interest to the landscape, Winter Red Winterberry is famed for its bright red berry clusters that line its branches, providing food for both overwintering and migrating birds. Winterberries are dioecious, meaning they have separate male and female plants. Winter Red is female, and flowers require pollination from a compatible male, such as Southern Gentleman Winterberry, to produce berries. Plant at least one male for up to 6-10 female plants, in close proximity to ensure good pollination. Spring brings attractive foliage and small greenish-white flowers. The real show begins in late summer, when the flowers, if properly pollinated, mature into clusters of berries. As autumn progresses and the foliage naturally drops, the vibrant berry display is revealed. Cut branches are a natural choice for holiday decor. Winter Red Winterberry is ideal as a foundation plant or in a hedge. Native to eastern North America, Winterberry shrubs are perfect for acidic and moist soils.
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Associated SKUsAM018675
AM018639 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018660 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
AM019326 (Tray of 4) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Winter Red Winterberry
Botanical Name
Ilex verticillata Winter Red
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Mature Spread
72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Dark green, oval toothed foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Wet Sites
Attract Birds, Native, Good For Hedge / Screen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance
Additional Information
Southern Gentleman Winterberry is needed to pollinate Winter Red Winterberry. Host plant for Henry's Elfin Butterfly. Berries attract Cedar Waxwings among many other types of birds. Great for rain garden.
Winner of the Pennsylnania Horticultural Society Gold Medal (Steyer Award) 1995.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
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