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Berry Heavy® Winterberry Holly

Description

  • Bare branches display tons of closely-packed bright red berries in winter.
  • Durable and easy to grow!
  • Tiny white flowers in late spring.
  • For berries to develop, you must plant a male Mr. Poppins winterberry holly.
  • Zones 3-9, sun/part sun, 8′ tall x 8′ wide at maturity.
Zone 3-9
Light part sun/sun
tall

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Description Could your landscape use a little pizzazz in winter? Berry Heavy® winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) is just the plant to do it! Unlike what you may think of with other hollies, this super-showy native species is deciduous – that means it loses its leaves in winter. But far from being a liability, this quirk gives its abundant set of big, bright red berries in fall and winter even more impact in the landscape. Winterberry holly blooms in late spring with small white flowers. These soon develop into green berries, which aren’t very noticeable since they’re hidden in the leaves. As the cooler temperatures of autumn come along, the berries turn red. In mid-autumn, the foliage blazes bright yellow, then drops to reveal the berry-laden branches. It is spectacular! Branches of mature plants can be cut and used in arrangements and for other holiday décor. 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. Berry Heavy is a female variety, so you will need to purchase the male variety, Mr. Poppins winterberry holly, as well. Only the female plants will develop berries, but one male will pollinate up to five females. 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 'Spravy'
Common name: Winterberry holly
Zone: 3-9
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 6-8' tall and wide
Flower color: White flowers develop into green, then red, berries
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Fall-winter
Uses: Hedge, native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, specimen (be sure to pair with a male plant).
How To Grow Soil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Though winterberry holly can take some dryness, foliage will begin to brown if it dries out frequently or severely.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day).
Water: Average to abundant (as long as soil is well-drained).
Space: 2-3' apart, depending on landscape role.
Fertilizing: 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: 2-3" of shredded bark mulch is important to protect the shallow roots and minimize water loss. Do not allow plants to enter winter "thirsty"; dry soil during cold, windy weather is the main cause of leaf browning or even the plant dying.
Maintenance: Trim as needed to maintain shape and size desired. Save major pruning for mid-late spring, after new growth has emerged but before it becomes hard and woody.

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D.J. (Massachusetts)
Female Winterberry

Great Garden plants was very prompt in shipping my order. It arrived in great shape with protective packaging. After watering for a few days it looked very healthy and is doing well in the ground. Thanks you! [****] Western MA

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P.G. (Wisconsin)

The first few days I had deer munching on them. So I sprayed them, and now they're doing fine.

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C.H. (Oklahoma)
Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly

The plant was healthy when it arrived, and it is settling in well and even growing in spite of June temperatures in the 100’s.

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C.L. (Virginia)
Looking forward to Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly in the Spring!

For Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly is settling in well, looking fresh and happy in its new home. I’m looking forward to Spring and new growth and the arrival of berries.

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J.S. (Illinois)
What a survivor

Despite FEdEx doing it's best to kill this one off (4 days on the truck and arriving with half the leaves dropped), she's made an amazing recovery and is growing very well.
Great Garden Plants does a wonderful job of packing the plants for shipping, but unfortunately the shipping company did not deliver when promised - over a weekend with 90 degree temperatures. But, as I said, she rallied and looking quite good.