• Overview
    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
  • Detail
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.