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Compact Holly Brightens Winter

Red Sprite Holly is a compact ornamental deciduous shrub.  Plant a few in a naturalized area of your landscape or perhaps one at the border of a perennial bed where the winter color can pick up where the bright summer flowers left off.

Hollies, are the queens of the fruiting shrub world when ranked for ornamental value, and your Red Sprite is no exception.  The fruiting branches on the bare stems are great for decoration in the garden or in the house. 

They are extensively used for decoration, especially during the holidays.  When the leaves drop off your Red Sprite in late fall to expose the beautiful red berries, you’ll be amazed how decorative your plant is against the winter landscape.

Red Sprite Holly is a dense, compact plant that produces multitudes of bright red, half-inch fruit that persist throughout the winter.  Even without the berries, your Red Sprite Holly’s lovely shiny green foliage is sure to please. The deep green foliage on the shiny green plant provides fall color when it transforms to purple/bronze in autumn.  Red Sprite reaches 3 feet in height with a 4 foot spread.   It prefers wet soil, but is adaptable to other conditons.

Birds love the berries, but it’s deer resistant, so you won’t have to worry about it being decimated by their foraging.

You'll need both male and female plants to produce fruits for your Red Sprite.  Red Sprite requires Ilex 'Jim Dandy' for pollination and berry production, so keep that in mind when acquiring a Red Sprite. 

All in all, Red Sprite Holly is an outstanding choice for your yard for all-season interest.

* Shiny Green Foliage
* Compact  Growth
* Profusion of Red Berrries on Female Plants


Red Sprite Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'
Foliage Deep Green
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White