Winter Red Winterberry
Winter Red Winterberry
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'Item #0773 USDA Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8
Small white blooms produce bright red fruit in fall, providing vivid winter color on bare stems. Plant a late-blooming male pollenizer such as Southern Gentleman Winterberry nearby for berry production. Use as foundation color or in the back of a border for seasonal interest. An ideal natural hedge plant with an upright habit. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-taPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban PollutionFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous summer flowers; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.Flower color:WhiteCompanion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Astilbe (Astilbe); Azalea (Azalea); False Holly (Osmanthus); Sweetspire (Itea)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:Ilex verticillata are dioecious, 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 'Winter Red', if a male variety is nearby to provide pollen. Generally, one male winterberry can pollenize up to ten female plants. 'Winter Red' is a late-blooming winterberry that produces female flowers in early summer and is best partnered with a correlating late-blooming male winterberry.
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