• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Attracts Birds
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EYE-leks ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 7
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasThis beautiful, heavily fruiting Holly shows well in an Asian garden or native bird garden design. Plant as a hedge, in mass in a wild area, or as a single specimen shrub in the back of beds and borders. Great cover for walls, fences, garages and sheds.
    Companion PlantsPlant with Peony, Japanese Maple, Japanese Silver Grass, Japanese Anemone, Japanese Flowering Quince and Iris for a tranquil, Asian theme. A must for any woodland, bird garden alongside Snowberry, Bunchberry, Cranberrybush and Echinacea.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear to shape in winter.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    I. verticillata is native to the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada. Sparkleberry is a female selection produced by a controlled cross of I. serrata and I. verticillata in 1961 by William F. Kosar at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. This cross yielded a plant with the heavy fruiting of the Japanese species serrata, larger fruit size and adaptability to wet soils of the North American species verticillata and the long lasting fruit of both parents. The berries of I. verticillata were used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans, thus derived the common name of Fever Berry.