Jim Dandy Winterberry
Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'
|Description||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.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist to wet.|
|Blooms||Inconspicuous late spring flowers.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge|
|Design Ideas||This is the pollinator for Red Sprite Winterberry. Plant as a background shrub close to the female plants. One male will serve numerous females.|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Companion Plants||Peony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); False Holly (Osmanthus); Sweetspire (Itea)|
|Care||Provide organically rich, acidic, moist, loamy soil; tolerates wet, heavy soils. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed and prune annually to shape before new growth emerges in late winter to early spring.|
|Lore||Ilex verticillata is native to eastern North America where it is typically found in low elevation wooded areas, along ponds and streams, and in damp thickets, and swamps. Ilex verticillata are dioecious (translated as "two houses"), 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 'Red Sprite' if a male variety (such as 'Jim Dandy') is planted nearby to provide pollen. Generally, one male winterberry can pollenize up to ten female plants. 'Jim Dandy' is an early-blooming winterberry that produces male flowers in spring and is best partnered with a correlating early-blooming female winterberry.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8
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