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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; prized for foliage and as a pollenizer.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseErosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas
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.
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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