Spring, summer and fall usually get all the attention for their colorful flowers, leaves and fruit. But bold and bright garden color is always a challenge to find during those dark, dreary winter months. Well, let Nature Hills introduce you to Winter Red Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red')!
A large shrub, this Holly will not only fill your landscape with good size, and color throughout the growing season, but also has a brilliant surprise each winter too!
A bold, deciduous Holly, Winter Red will fill your garden first with great early spring leaves, lovely white flowers, and even fall color! But, then surprises you with delightful red berries!
Dark-green leaves cover these sizable shrubs all summer which then turn yellow in the autumn. The foliage is lightly toothed and rough, providing a strong presence throughout the year. Also in the fall, inconspicuous, white flowers appear. Though these flowers may be inconspicuous to us, the local beneficial pollinators will love them!
The flowers give way to little berries that are revealed like a curtain call when the leaves drop! The final show of the year - the bright red fruit will remain on the bush all winter and even persist into spring!
Winter Red is a female shrub, so in order to get these show-stopping berries, you need to have a male pollinator. We recommend Ilex 'Southern Gentleman' which is custom-made for just that! Generally one male Winterberry 'Southern Gentleman' will pollinate up to 10 Winter Red's, so you can easily have a fence-line of bright berries all season long to adorn your winter landscape.
Winter Red's berries are not only a feast for the eyes, but it is a literal feast for songbirds. This makes your garden the hotspot for your feathered friends when not much else is going on in the garden.
An easy to grow, sizable Holly, Winter Red looks fantastic as a tall privacy row or back of the garden hedge planting! Providing a lively wall of green and a refreshing woodland garden feel. The upright, rounded habit makes Winter Red stand out in the shrub border.
Great along the edge of the woods and as verdant mass plantings, Winterberry are lovely in naturalized settings. Don't worry about planting in locations on the edges of the property, Winter Red is rarely damaged by Deer!
High impact color year-round, Winterberry will provide four-season interest as a pruned foundation plant or large anchor for your home's foundation and other planting beds. A stylish, deep-green backdrop of foliage is always welcome to highlight smaller shrubs and perennials.
Not to mention your cut flower garden will be extended well into winter, and no pollinator garden or bird lover will want to be without this buffet for the wildlife!
Winterberries are the "Queens" of the fruiting shrub world and those fruit-laden branches are great for decoration in the garden and in home decor. They make instant holiday decorations when a few stems are placed in a large vase or added to your front entry containers to welcome visitors!
With the added ability to grow in wetter soils, Winterberry is oh so versatile! Use in the low areas of your landscape where water drains, or as an impressive plant at the corner of the house where the downspouts empty.
For the absolute best amount of berry production and brightest color, your Winter Red Winterberry needs full sun. However, Winterberry will also tolerate partial shade as well. Incredibly winter hardy in growing zones 3 through 8, this shrub is native to North America and typically found in low elevation wooded areas, along ponds and streams, and in damp thickets, and swamps.
Slow and steady growers, without pruning they will get to a sizable 8 foot tall and 6-8 foot wide. Pruning is best done right after bloom, however at the expense of some of those berries!
Tolerating wet soils, Winter Red does very well in any well-draining soil type and are not particular. However, the ability to grow in soggy conditions does set this Holly apart from others!
Tolerating dryer sites once established, Holly and all plants benefit generous layer of mulch to help retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Especially in hotter summer climates.
Deer-resistant, tough shrubs, these won't need too much care or fuss to reap the benefits they provide your landscape. Likewise is the pollinator for this female Holly, the Southern Gentlemen Winterberry Holly imparts the same carefree ease.
Give your winter garden a colorful boost with the gorgeous Winter Red Winterberry from Nature Hills Nursery! Be sure to order a few from us today and see your winter garden in a whole new light!
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 'Winter Red'|
|Mature Height||8 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil||Tolerates Wet Soil|
|Pruning Time||After Flowering|