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Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’

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Winter Red Winterberry Holly

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The bright red berries of Winter Red winterberry(Ilex verticillata‘Winter Red’) lend a festive touch to the winter garden. This easy to grow, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub has an upright, oval habit and will reach a height of 6-8’ tall. It produces prolific amounts of dark red fruit that persist well into January. For best fruiting, also plant Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ as the male pollinatorplant. Winterberry hollies need full sun to partial shade and perform best in moist, acidic soils, though they are tolerant of drier conditions. This plant makes an excellent garden companion for Densa inkberry (Ilex glabra ‘Densa), Winterthur possumhaw viburnum (Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’), red osier dogwood (Swida sericea), and coast leucothoe (Leucothoe axillaris). Zones 3-9.  

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  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color

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