Magical® Daydream Winterberry Holly

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Bright and glossy, Hollies are the queens of the fruiting shrub world when ranked by ornamental value, and Magical® Daydream Winterberry Holly is no exception! Magical® Daydream Winterberry (Ilex verticilata 'Kolcaroda') is a compact ornamental deciduous shrub with four-season interest! Glossy green leaves take on a coppery-gold fall color for added delight!

Part of the Magical® series of Winterberry Holly Spring brings darling little white blossoms that, while you may not notice them, the pollinators will go ga-ga for! In winter, the heavily laded, fiery orange fruits cluster tightly all over each bare stem! Great for decoration in the garden or in the home for dried holiday décor.

These are female Holly and require a male Winterberry shrub for a pollinator. We recommend the Mr. Poppins, Little Goblin Guy, Jim Dandy, or Southern Gentleman are male Holly that will all work to pollinate up to 10 Magical® Daydreams. However, without a male pollinator, you may not see any fruit set. Magical® Daydream reaches a hefty 6 - 8 feet in height and equal spread throughout USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.

Planting and Application:

Excellent as a hedge and foundation planting, Magical® Daydream adds year-round curb appeal! Their tolerance for urban conditions makes them great for along the roadside to act as a barrier between your front yard and the road. Winterberry looks lovely as a hedge along a fence to enhance (or hide) the view! Create garden rooms by planting a curved row of these impressive shrubs around a focal point, your garden seating or highlighting your beds and borders!

Anchor your garden beds or soften the edges of a shed, garage, or your home's foundation with year-round interest planted on the corners!

The berries alone in winter make Magical® Daydream a wonderful specimen among your winter landscape shrubs and perennial gardens. So be sure to intersperse among all your garden beds and plantings to inject some fiery color into the bleak winter landscape.

Their tolerance for soggy soils makes them wonderful for along streams and water features. Plant in low areas, Rain Gardens, moist wooded edges, and where your gutters drain! These are wildlife shrubs and attract many beneficial pollinators and songbirds without the worry that deer will stop by for lunch!

  • Shiny Green Deciduous Foliage
  • Selection of the Hardy Native
  • Compact Rounded Growth
  • Profusion of Orange Berries on Female Plants
  • Bees, Butterflies, & Birds Love Them!
  • Floral Arrangements and Winter Décor
  • High Ornamental Value, Hedges, Specimen & Winter Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Winterberry care is incredibly easy. Loving the full sun and even some part shade, these grow best in average moist soils and even acidic, clay, or soggy soil. It prefers wet soil but is adaptable to other conditions. Thriving in its native soggy swamps of Northeastern USA, these of course will do amazing in your coddled landscape! Rarely bothered by pests and Winterberry Holly are very disease resistant!

  • Hardy in Full Sun & Some Partial Shade
  • Tolerant of Average to Wet Sites
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Requires 'Southern Gentleman' Male Pollinator
  • Seldom Bothered By Deer & Pest and Disease Resistant

Hardy natives, tolerant and easy-care, you won't go wrong with this versatile ornamental shrub! For amazing berries this winter, you will want to get the Magical® Daydream Winterberry Holly and its male pollinator planted right away!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Magical® Daydream Winterberry Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex verticilata 'Kolcaroda'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Tolerates Average to Wet
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Glossy Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering