Sparkleberry Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Sparkleberry'

Oval to rounded, deciduous shrub with rich, deep green foliage. Bright red berries appear from late summer to early fall. New foliage growth emerges showy red. Grows best in moist, rich, acidic, well-drained soil, yet tolerant of wet soils as well. Best flower and berry production in full sun. Requires a male pollenizer for good fruiting.
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Botanical PronunciationEYE-leks ver-tiss-ih-LAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous early summer flowers; prized for foliage and ornamental berries.
Design IdeasThis beautiful, heavily fruiting Holly shows well in an Asian garden or native bird garden design. Plant as a hedge, in mass in a wild area, or as a single specimen shrub in the back of beds and borders. Great cover for walls, fences, garages and sheds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsPlant with Peony, Japanese Maple, Japanese Silver Grass, Japanese Anemone, Japanese Flowering Quince and Iris for a tranquil, Asian theme. A must for any woodland, bird garden alongside Snowberry, Bunchberry, Cranberrybush and Echinacea.

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: 4-8

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