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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Space-saving winterberry holly is just a fraction of the size of other types!
Red berry-laden branches in fall and winter.
Tiny white flowers in late spring
Needs male pollinator for the Little Goblin® Guy nearby
DetailsBotanical name: Ilex verticillata'NCIV1' Common name: Winterberry holly Patient: USPP 27109 Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day) Height x width: 3-5' tall and wide Flower color: White flowers develop into green, then red, berries Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Fall-winter 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. Established winterberry holly can take some dryness, but severe or frequent dry conditions will impact berry set. Occasional standing water or very wet soil is ok. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day). Can grow in full shade, but flowering and subsequently, fruiting, will be diminished, and plants will be less full. Water: Average to abundant. Space: Space Berry Poppins plants at least 4' apart, and plant the male pollinator within 50' of all females. 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. Once berries soften in mid-late winter, they turn brown and generally get consumed by birds. Maintenance: Female winterberry hollies cannot be pruned any time of the year without impacting flowering and thereby, fruiting, so 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.