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)
(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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Winter Red Winterberry
Ilex verticillata Winter Red
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Early to mid summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Dark green, oval toothed foliage.
Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Moist / Wet
Attract Birds, Native, Good For Hedge / Screen, Winter Interest, Low Maintenance
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.
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