• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright habit with moderate growth to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Berries
    Blooms:
    Small white flowers in early summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Upright habit with moderate growth to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Small white flowers in early summer.
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleRustic
  • 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.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 sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Requires regular watering to maintain consistently moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Ilex verticillata is native to eastern North America where it is typically found in low eleveation wooded areas, along ponds and streams, and in damp thickets, and swamps.
    Lore:
    Ilex verticillata are dioecious, meaning there are distinctly separate male and female plants. The attractive red berries which are the signature of the winterberries are produced on female varieties such as 'Winter Red', if a male variety is nearby to provide pollen. Generally, one male winterberry can pollenize up to ten female plants.

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