• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Cold Hardy Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous late spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous late spring flowers; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.
    Flower color:White
    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.
    Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); False Holly (Osmanthus); Sweetspire (Itea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    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 to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This native North American holly ranges from Canada to Florida and west to Wisconsin where it prefers low, moist locations. It was classified by Asa Gray of Harvard University. This is the male form of 'Red Sprite', which is also known as Ilex verticillata 'Nana'.
    Lore:
    This holly is dioecious, which means "two houses", referring to the fact that male flowers are born on male plants, and fruit is only produced on female plants. Both sexes are required to produce fruit.