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Mr. Poppins® Winterberry Holly

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Description

  • Space-saving winterberry holly is just a fraction of the size of other types.
  • Does not produce berries, but is required for females to produce berries.
  • Mr. Poppins pollinates female varieties!
  • Tiny white flowers in late spring.
  • Plant one Mr. Poppins for up to five females.
  • Zones 3-9, sun/part sun, 4' tall x 4' wide at maturity.
Zone 3-9
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Hand-picked at our greenhouse

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Shipped to your door

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Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description Mr. Poppins® winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) is a space-saving male selection from Proven Winners. Though it does not develop berries, it must be planted near one of our female varieties for them to produce fruit. The nice thing about Mr. Poppins winterberry holly is that it is a space-saving dwarf selection, reaching just 3-4’ tall and wide. That means you can tuck this less-showy (but no less important!) plant in an out-of-the-way spot in your landscape and position the flashy female plants where they can get noticed. As long as all of the plants are within 50’ of each other, you can be assured that pollination will occur. A note about winterberry holly pollination: Winterberry holly plants are either male or female, and both a male and female plant need to be present in order for fruit to form on the female. Mr. Poppins is a male variety that is used to pollinate female varieties, like Berry Heavy or Berry Poppins. You can plant one male to pollinate up to 5 female selections. Wondering how far apart you can plant the male and female holly plants? Anywhere within about 50’ of each other – the distance you can expect a pollinator to fly on a single foraging trip – is suitable. Details Botanical name: Ilex verticillata 'FARROWMRP'
Patent #: USPP 25,834
Common name: Winterberry holly, Male winterberry holly
Zone: 3 - 9
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 3-4' tall and wide
Flower color: White
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Spring
Bloom time: Spring
Features: Winter interest, rabbit resistant, Proven Winners, native, heat tolerant, fall color, deer resistant, cold tolerant, best for beginners
Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens
How To Grow Soil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established winterberry holly can take some dryness.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day). Can grow in full shade, but flowering will be diminished, and plants will be less full.
Water: Average
Space: Plant Mr. Poppins within 50' of your female plants.
Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. A second application may be made in late spring/early summer as well.
Winterizing: Nothing special required.
Maintenance & Pruning: Male plants do not develop berries, so can be pruned immediately after bloom if desired. However, it's best to avoid pruning them altogether except to remove any dead wood and once mature, to remove one or two of the oldest stems each year to encourage new and vigorous growth.
 

Garden Care

Our Guide for Fall Planting

The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
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J
J.C. (North Carolina)
Transplanted perfectly!

I ordered a one gallon Mr. Poppins as I wanted the best chance for it to survive as I only ordered one. I planted as soon as I received it but I have not babied it. It is just as perfect as when it arrived. No transplant shock at all! I've ordered tons of online plants and I always have transplant shock issues....not a one with these Berry Poppins! I'm so excited to see them fruit next year.

C
C.K. (Michigan)
Arrived Nicely

The plants arrived in time. They were packed nice and safe. We are looking forward to watching them grow an show off.

C
C. (Kentucky)
Thriving at 2 years old

I planted this 2 summers ago for the female gold winterberry and it's bursting with flowers this spring. Also, I have a variety of pollinator plants in my garden but the honeybees are mainly interested in the Mr. Poppins. Which was interesting to see.

W
W.L. (Nebraska)
Great Plants!

I received the plants promptly and in great condition. The plants were very well packaged. They will make a great addition to my garden.

S
S.Pelletier

Received a nice sized healthy plant! The male winterberry plant is not doing well. Followed planting instructions. Not sure if the male wi revert will survive. Disappointing.