Jim Dandy Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'

SKU
04570
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.
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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks ver-tiss-ih-LAY-tuh
LoreIlex 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous late spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Pollenizer, Tolerates Wet Soils, 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, 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.

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