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Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

SKU
04569
An extremely hardy late-blooming male holly with dense, rich green foliage on an upright, rounded form. It does not set fruit but serves as an excellent pollenizer for late-flowering female southern hollies, such as Sparkleberry, Winter Red, and Winter Gold. Plant one male for every five female plants. A wonderful background shrub. Deciduous.
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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks ver-tiss-ih-LAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous early summer flowers
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseHedge
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Pollenizer
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsPeony (Paeonia); Azalea (Azalea); Astilbe (Astilbe); False Holly (Osmanthus); Sweetspire (Itea)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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