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Jim Dandy Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'

Pronunciation: EYE-leks ver-tiss-ih-LAY-tuh
SKU #04570

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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.
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Pollenizer
Growth Rate Slow
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.
Flower Color White
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.

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