• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow-growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Cold Hardy
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow-growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    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
    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:
    <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
    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'.
    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.