Winterberry HollyIlex verticillata 'Winter Red'
A cultivar of our native wetland holly, 'Winter 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 the more showy in the winter landscape. This is mostly likely why it is the most popular American selection for cutting.
This holly 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; 'Appolo' and 'Raritan Chief' are also good options.