Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionFinally, a winterberry holly that works for small spaces! Berry Poppins® winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) from Proven Winners reaches just 3-4’ tall and wide compared to the massive 10’ of wild varieties. That means that anyone can enjoy the magic of this amazing native holly and its super colorful branches in winter.
Winterberry holly blooms in late spring with small white flowers. These soon develop into green berries, which aren’t very noticeable since they’re hidden among the leaves. As the cooler temperatures of autumn come along, the berries turn red. In mid-autumn, the foliage blazes bright yellow, then drops to reveal the berry-laden branches. It is spectacular! Branches of mature plants can be cut and used in arrangements and for other holiday décor.
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. Berry Poppins is a female variety, so you will need to purchase the male variety, Mr. Poppins winterberry holly, as well. Only the female plants will develop berries, but one male will pollinate up to five females. 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.DetailsBotanical name:Ilex verticillata 'FARROWBPOP' Patent: USPP 25,835 Common name: 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 flowers develop into green, then red, berries Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Fall-winter Bloom time: Spring Features: Winter interest, deer resistant, rabbit resistant, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, fall color, cold tolerant, best for beginners Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, specimen (be sure to pair with a male plant).
How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Though winterberry holly can take some dryness, foliage will begin to brown if it dries out frequently or severely. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day). Water: Average to abundant (as long as soil is well-drained). Space: 2-3' apart, depending on landscape role. Fertilizing: 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: 2-3" of shredded bark mulch is important to protect the shallow roots and minimize water loss. Do not allow plants to enter winter "thirsty"; dry soil during cold, windy weather is the main cause of leaf browning or even the plant dying. Maintenance: Trim as needed to maintain shape and size desired. Save major pruning for mid-late spring, after new growth has emerged but before it becomes hard and woody.
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.
The plants I ordered came very nicely packaged and in great condition! All three plants are doing well and looking forward to when they get big enough to have red berries for the winter season. Thank you!
We were very impressed with your plants and the way you ship them! They arrived looking fantastic. We ordered 30 Berry Poppins plants and 5 Mr. Poppins-every single plant arrived in great shape. The plants arrived healthy looking and all had good root-systems established in the pots. We are very impressed with your nursery and will definitely order from you again when we need more perennial plants!
C. (North Carolina)
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My Mr Poppins is beginning to grow a little. It looks healthy, so far, and growing faster than the Berry Poppins.
F.O. (South Carolina)
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The hollys arrived in great shape. They were planted and thriving until two days ago I discovered that one had lost most of its leaves. I think that Peter Rabbit was the culprit. Anyway, Amazon should bring a wire cage to protect it today, and we are hoping for a full recovery.