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
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) 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.
AM019325 (Tray of 4) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Southern Gentleman Winterberry
Botanical Name
Ilex verticillata Southern Gentleman
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.
Glossy, dark-green oval-shaped foliage. Turns yellowish-green to purplish-bronze in fall.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Acidic Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Wet Sites
Native, Good For Hedge / Screen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance
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
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
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