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:
Hand-picked at our greenhouse
Shipped to your door
Arrives as young plant
Male winterberry holly to pollinate female varieties
Plant one Little Goblin Guy for up to five females
White flowers in spring; does not develop berries
Space-saving dwarf habit
Native to North America, shade tolerant, deer resistant
DetailsBotanical name:Ilex verticillata 'NCIV3' Common name: Winterberry holly Patient: PP 28937 Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day) Height x width: 3-4' tall and wide Flower color: White flowers develop into green Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Fall-winter Uses: Hedge, Native plant gardens, Wildlife gardens, Specimen (be sure to pair with a female 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: Plant Little Goblin Guy within 50' of all females. One male will pollinate up to five 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. 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.
Little Goblin Guy arrived in late summer healthy, well-trimmed, and secure in his packaging. He has thrived nicely in his new home and is settling down for his winter rest. We are looking forward to a growth spurt in spring!
Strong and healthy
Plant arrived in great condition! Very well-established roots and strong stems with new growth. Looking forward to watching it grow.
The cypress and winterberry bushes I ordered together are soooo very happy in their new home. The plants were so healthy and robust, they didn’t seem to miss a beat. They are flourishing and I couldn’t be happier with. I will be ordering more of both next season. I have several beds that need my attention in our new home.