Ilex Verticillata 'Winter Red'
- Bright red fruit adds color to winter landscape.
- Needs male pollinator for fruit production.
- Often used for hedges
- 9 feet tall with 8' spread
- Zones 3 to 9
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Zones 3 - 9
The Winterberry Holly can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Winterberry Holly falls into the following type(s): Shrubs
6' - 9' High
The Winterberry Holly grows to be 6' - 9' feet in height.
6' - 8' Spread
The Winterberry Holly has a spread of about 6' - 8' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]
This Winterberry Holly does well in full sun, partial shade.
acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet, wide range, clay
This Winterberry Holly has rounded shape.
'Winter Red' is a compact cultivar of our native wetland holly , the winterberry. It is known for its abundant fruits that keep their bright red color and remain on the branches into the middle of winter. The lustrous dark green leaves fall off the shrub in autumn making its berry display all the more showy in the winter landscape. It adapts to a wide range of site conditions including wet, light, and heavy soil, full sun or partial shade. It grows best in full sun, acidic, moist soil. Winterberry can be used for a showy accent shrub, planters, hedges, water edges, buffer or medium strips, and holiday decorations. Plant about 4 feet apart for a hedge. 'Winter Red' is a female cultivar and requires a pollinator for fruit production. It is advisable to plant one male in close proximity (within 50 feet) for every 3-5 females. ' Southern Gentlemen' is the pollinator of choice for this southern type winterberry.
The red berries stay on the shrub from early fall through winter. Over 40 species of birds are known to eat winterberry fruit. The dense branches provide shelter and nesting sites for birds.
'Winter Red' winterberry holly was introduced by Simpson Nursery Company, Vincennes, IN. Winterberry is native to North America with a range from Nova Scotia to Ontario, west to Wisconsin, south to Florida and west to Missouri. 'Winter Red' is the most popular American selection for cutting.
well drained, moist, wet soil
Alternate, simple, elliptic (oval )or obovate to oblanceolate, serrate or double serrate, 1 ½"-3' long, lustrous dark green, may turn bronze in fall
female is inconspicuous, white
late spring, early summer.
berry-like drupe, 3/8" across, bright red, often in pairs
A cultivar of our native wetland holly, 'Winterberry Red' has abundant clusters of long lasting, bright red fruits and lustrous, thick, dark green leaves. The leaves fall off the shrub in autumn making the berry display all more showy in the winter landscape. It adapts to wide variety of site conditions. The compact, rounded or vase shaped form grows 6'-9' tall, 6'-8' spread. Plant about 4 feet apart for a hedge. 'Winter Red' is a female cultivar and requires a pollinator for fruit production. It is advisable to plant one male in close proximity (within 50 feet) for every 3-5 females. 'Southern Gentlemen' is the pollinator of choice for this southern type winterberry. 'Appolo' and 'Raritan Chief' are also male pollinators.
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