Ilex Berry Heavy® Gold - winterberry holly Description
- Winterberry holly with unusual gold berries instead of the usual red
- Ideal way to add color to the winter landscape
- Berries last through mid-winter and also make nice cut branches for holiday décor
- Berry Heavy Gold is a female variety; for it to get berries, you must also plant a male, like Mr. Poppins or Little Goblin Guy within 50’
- Native to North America, shade tolerant, deer resistant
Special features: Native plant, Winter interest, Cut branch, Tolerates wet soil, Shade tolerant, Heat tolerant, Cold tolerant
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- Botanical name: Ilex verticillata 'Roberta Case'
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- Sun exposure:
Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day)
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- Soil type:
Grows in average to wet soil.
- Soil moisture:
Average to abundant.
- Height x width:
6-8' tall and wide
- Flower color:
White flowers develop into green, then gold, berries
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- Season of interest:
Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, specimen (be sure to pair with a male plant)
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Soil: 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 Heavy plants at least 6' 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.
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