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Ilex Mr. Poppins® - winterberry holly
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Ilex Mr. Poppins® - winterberry holly

Space-saving male pollinator
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
As low as $14.99
  • 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
  • Grows in shade and wet soil
  • Plant one Mr. Poppins for up to five females
  • Ship size: Starter Quart
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Ilex Mr. Poppins® - winterberry holly 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 our female varieties in order for them to develop 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 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.

Special features: Native plant, Winter interest, Cut branch, Tolerates wet soil, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant, Cold tolerant, Small space

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Ilex verticillata 'FARROWMRP'
  • Common name:
    Winterberry holly, Male winterberry holly
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Starter quart
  • Soil type:
    Grows in average to wet soil.
  • Soil moisture:
    Average to abundant.
  • Height x width:
    3-4' tall and wide
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Hedge, Native plant gardens, Wildlife gardens
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent:USPP 25,834



Soil:  Moist but well-drained soils are best. Established winterberry holly can take some dryness. 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 will be diminished, and plants will be less full.
Water:  Average to abundant.
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.< br /> Maintenance:  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.