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A wonderfully adaptable native Holly with vivid late-season berries, the Winterberry Bush (Ilex verticillata) is a deciduous Holly with loads of perks for your biodiversity and landscape! The glossy green leaves are dark green and pointed leaves lack the spines of some Holly.

A native plant to eastern North American wetlands, commonly found in swamps and damp woods and along streams and ponds, the Winterberry is well-known for its beautiful flowers in spring that pollinators adore! The biggest draw for these shrubs is the gorgeous display of beautiful red berries that simply burst from the bare branches each winter and call birds near and far!

Praised for its abundant berry production and rounded shape, both the male and female shrubs have gorgeous foliage and tiny white blossoms in the spring that pollinators adore! Please note that for berry production on female plants, you do need multiple shrubs planted in close proximity to ensure at least one male shrub for the female berry-producing shrubs.

The berries on female plants stand out once they lose the serrated, glossy leaves in the fall. Birds love the berries, so get ready for lots of feathered visitors. Bring some branches inside for holiday dcor before the birds enjoy them all! Hardy and adaptable throughout USDA zones 3 to 9, Winterberry Holly grows variably to 5 - 10 feet in height and width.

Planting and Application:

The foliage of these deciduous Holly fills in nicely, branching to the ground for full coverage. This is a perfect background or filler plant along a fence or creating a natural summer hedge or screen! Use these showy plants as foundation borders and privacy anywhere in the sun or part shade without worry!

This is a great shrub for erosion control along creek beds and sloping areas, any hard-to-mow hillside will transform into a brilliant display! Native Winterberry Holly will even be perfect in a Rain Garden to help filter water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows into storm drains.

The dense branching is shelter and cover for birds in addition to the feast of red berries on the female plants. And youll love snipping a few stems for winter container displays, wreaths, swags, and holiday floral displays!

  • Glossy Dark Green Deciduous Leaves
  • Male & Female Separate Shrubs
  • Tiny White Blooms Pollinators Adore
  • Bright Red Fall Berry Display on Female Plants
  • Fantastic Hedges, Screening, Backdrops, Wetland & 3-Season Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Deciduous Holly bushes are wonderfully easy to grow and low-maintenance! Highly adaptable to various climates they can handle some of the toughest challenges, including partial shade and wet soils. It even thrives in wet or boggy spots in your landscape! Doing best in full sun and well-drained soil, these slower-growing shrubs wont take all your time to care for either! Prune after flowering in the spring and you are done!

All plants establish faster and do best with the lifelong support of Nature Hills Root Booster added at time of planting, and appreciate a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch over the entire root system. Provide new plants with regular moisture their first year and then you only need to add supplemental moisture during drought and the drier summer months.

  • Partial Shade & Full Shade
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Wide Range of Moisture Adaptability
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Low-Maintenance & Deer Resistant

Featuring prolific berries and glossy foliage, the wonderful wetland native Winterberry Holly Bush will look absolutely stunning in your landscape! Order yours today from to enjoy ornamental winter dcor and easy care resilience!

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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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Winterberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3 - 9
Growing Zones 3 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex verticillata
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 12 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 10 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No