Afterglow Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'

SKU
04568
A profusion of bright red berries brighten the winter landscape and provide food for birds. An early-flowering male pollenizer such as Jim Dandy Holly is required for berry set. Rich green foliage is larger and glossier than most. Extremely hardy. Deciduous.
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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks ver-tiss-ih-LAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous late spring flowers; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
Design IdeasHere is a native deciduous holly that leaves nothing but the berries in the winter - but only if you plant the pollinator too. Plant these as specimens in the landscape where the bright red won't have competition. Great at corners of fences, around woodland gardens or in the all-native landscape with birds in mind.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

Provide 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.

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