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 to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Pollenizer
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow-growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:White
Patent Act:1998
Design IdeasThis is the pollinator for Red Sprite Winterberry. Plant as a background shrub close to the female plants. One male will serve numerous females.
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 annually to shape.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
History:
This native North American holly ranges from Canada to Florida and west to Wisconsin where it prefers low, moist locations. It was classified by Asa Gray of Harvard University. This is the male form of 'Red Sprite', which is also known as Ilex verticillata 'Nana'.
Lore:
This holly is dioecious, which means "two houses", referring to the fact that male flowers are born on male plants, and fruit is only produced on female plants. Both sexes are required to produce fruit.