• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attracts Birds
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EYE-leks ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    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.