Southern Gentleman Winterberry

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Southern Gentleman Winterberry is a deciduous holly with attractive, glossy green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers. Pair this male plant with female Winter Red Winterberry for pollination to produce its signature red berries. Plant at least one male for up to 6-10 female plants. Native to eastern North America, Winterberry shrubs are perfect for acidic, moist soils. (Ilex verticillata)
Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Native
Low Maintenance
Winter Interest
Good For Hedge / Screen
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
SKUAM018671

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) Southern Gentleman Winterberry is best planted alongside the female Winter Red Winterberry to provide the pollen it needs to fertilizer its flowers, which then develop into brilliant red berries. (Winterberries are dioecious, meaning they have separate male and female plants.) Southern Gentlemen are attractive shrubs with glossy green foliage and inconspicuous flowers, but they do not produce berries. Plant at least one male for up to 6-10 female plants, in close proximity to ensure good pollination. Native to swampy areas of the Northeast, Winterberry shrubs area easily grown in average, acidic, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to both light and clay soils, but prefers moist, acidic, organic loams. Good tolerance for poorly drained soils including wet boggy or swampy conditions.
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Associated SKUsAM018671
AM018638 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM018659 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Southern Gentleman Winterberry
Botanical Name
Ilex verticillata Southern Gentleman
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
White
Mature Height
72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread
72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Glossy, dark-green oval-shaped foliage. Turns yellowish-green to purplish-bronze in fall.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates
Wet Sites
Advantages
Native, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Good For Hedge / Screen
Additional Information
Southern Gentleman Winterberry is needed to pollinate Winter Red Winterberry. Good for rain garden.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Item Unit
Plant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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