• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Ornamental Berries
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous early spring flowers; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
    Plant type:Perennial, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous early spring flowers; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
    Flower color:White
  • 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: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Humane Society of America notes that Ilex berries can produce a toxic reaction if consumed by pets. Use Jim Dandy or Mr Poppins™ as pollenizer.