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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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
DetailsBotanical name: Ilex verticillata'Roberta Case' Common name: Winterberry Holly Zone: 3 - 9 Sun exposure: Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) to part shade (4-6 hrs/day) Height x width: 6-8' tall and wide Flower color: White flowers develop into green, then gold, berries Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Fall/Winter Bloom time: Spring Features: Winter interest, rabbit resistant, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, fall color, deer resistant, best for beginners 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 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.
The plants arrived in great shape for fall planting and started showing new growth within a week. I think they are getting rooted well for spring.
I planted this and a Mr. Poppins last fall and they are both growing beautifully this spring. I've found them to be very low maintenance. Can't wait to see the tiny holly berries grow and turn color this fall.
The birds and I love winterberry
The plants arrived well packed, no damage and are growing progressively. Can’t wait for the berry production.