Jim Dandy Winterberry
Jim Dandy Winterberry
Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'Item #4570 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
An extremely hardy male holly with rich, deep green foliage on a dense, twiggy, oval to rounded form. An excellent pollenizer for berry production on early-flowering female varieties such as Red Sprite. A superb choice for the shrub border, particularly in cooler northern regions. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-taPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Pollenizer, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous late spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.Flower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is the pollinator for Red Sprite Winterberry. Plant as a background shrub close to the female plants. One male will serve numerous females.Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); False Holly (Osmanthus); Sweetspire (Itea)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, acidic, moist, loamy soil; tolerates wet, heavy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer and prune annually to shape before new growth emerges in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreHistory: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.