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Mr. Poppins® Winterberry Holly

SHRUB

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 21 reviews
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C
C. (Indiana)
Had 2 leaves

Very tiny plant, lost the two leaves and now looks dead!

Hello! We are sorry that you're unsatisfied with you plants. While we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors, like shipping and handling, are outside our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. Please email pictures of the plants to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible.Rest assured, we have a guarantee on all our plants. Our fall guarantee covers plants received after September 1 until May 2024! If you received your plants within that time frame, we would happily apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!
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J
J.D. (Virginia)
Lookin good

Planted as directed and looking good.

D
D.T. (New York)

I’m extremely satisfied with my Mr Poppins Holly. I planted it as soon as I got it and carefully followed the instructions and it’s doing very well.

B
B. (Wisconsin)
Quality plants!

Quality plants arrived perfectly! That packaging was impressive well thought out! And I love your selection of special varieties!

G
G.B. (Massachusetts)
slow process

both male and female plants are planted and appear to be surviving. There is some new growth on the female plant and much less than I anticipated. There does not appear to be any new growth on the male plant. They seem to be just surviving as compared to thriving. Some plants take longer to transition to outdoor life. Here's hoping.

Hello! You are correct in that some plants take longer to adjust to their new home. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed, they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, in the second year, they have more energy to put into growth; and in the third year, they grow and flower vigorously. This applies to plants in the garden center and plants you purchase online. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!