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
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 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:
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.