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Mr. Poppins® Winterberry Holly

Description

  • Space-saving winterberry holly is just a fraction of the size of other types.
  • 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

Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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
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.
 

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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P
P.A. (Connecticut)
Arrived dying

My Mr. Poppins arrived in very sad shape. When I opened the box, three blackened dry leaves fell out. The 5 remaining leaves didn’t look much better and these too eventually blackened and fell off. No amount of babying could restore it. They were very good about returning my money in a timely manner but I still do ‘t have a male winterberry to plant with the female one.

Hello! Thank you for leaving us a review. We apologize you received your plants not up to our standards. As we try our best to provide exceptional service, some factors like shipping and handling are outside of our control, and issues like this can sometimes happen. We're happy to hear that customer service was able to provide you a refund. It does appear that we have Mr. Poppins in stock if you'd like to place a new order. Happy Gardening!

R
R.M.M. (Oklahoma)
Healthy plants, shipping hiccup!

Our order for two Berry Poppins and a Mr Poppins arrived quickly and the carton was in mint condition. But somewhere in transit, the box had been upside down and the plants were almost bare root when we unpacked them. We repotted them, watered them and waited two to three weeks to transplant them. All three recovered from the trauma and even grew during their respite before transplanting and are doing fine now. It is too far too early to report on their berry production but our area has lots of native winter berry trees so we expect these will be productive in a season or two

D
D.S. (Minnesota)
Amazing

I ordered the larger size this spring and they came quickly and in great shape. Prior year they were sold out so I was very happy to add them to the berry heavy that I had already established.

L
L.H. (Washington)
Mr. Poppins

He arrived parched and black on the edges of leaves, and while is technically alive,he is still struggling.

P
P.L. (Michigan)
Holly

Amazing plants. Doing great