Red Sprite Holly, also known as Winterberry, (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite') 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.
These red-fruited, Winterberry Holly grow in an upright rounded habit. A wonderful dwarf shrub, these work in a wide range of climates around the states. Extremely attractive, even in the winter landscape. Birds and admirers will be flocking to the bright, shiny red berries that will be smothering this plant!
White flowers in spring then, the deep green foliage on the shiny green plant provides fall color when it transforms into purple/bronze in autumn. Pruning is best done during late winter or early spring before new growth emerges, that way you won't miss the white blooms in spring or those amazing berries!
Once this deciduous Holly leaves fall in the autumn, you'll be treated to the amazing bright red berries throughout the fall and winter. One Jim Dandy male Holly will pollinate several Red Sprites, however without a male pollinator, you may not see any fruit set.
Excellent as a hedge and foundation planting, these add year-round curb appeal. The berries alone in winter make Red Sprite a wonderful specimen among your winter landscape shrubs and perennial gardens.
Their tolerance for soggy soils makes them wonderful for along streams and water features. Plant in low areas, moist wooded edges and where the gutters drain!
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 at 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 persists throughout the winter. Even without the berries, your Red Sprite Holly's lovely shiny green foliage is sure to please.
Red Sprite thrives in its native soggy swamps of Northeastern USA. Red Sprite reaches 3 feet in height with a 4-foot spread.
Loving the full sun and even some part shade, these grow best in average moist soils and even acidic or soggy soil. It prefers wet soil but is adaptable to other conditions.
Birds love the berries, but it's deer resistant, so you won't have to worry about it being decimated by their foraging. Rarely bothered by pests and Red Sprite is very disease resistant!
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. No wonder this is the winner of the Cary Award for landscape plants! Order today!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'|
|Mature Height||3 - 4 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|