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Berry Poppins® Winterberry Holly

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Description

  • Space-saving winterberry holly is just a fraction of the size of other types!
  • Berry-laden branches in fall and winter. Tiny white flowers in late spring.
  • For berries to develop, you must also plant a male Mr. Poppins winterberry holly.
  • Zones 3-9, sun/part sun, 4′tall x 4′wide at maturity.
Zone 3-9
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Arrives as young plant

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More Information

Description Finally, a winterberry holly that works for small spaces! Berry Poppins® winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) from Proven Winners reaches just 3-4’ tall and wide compared to the massive 10’ of wild varieties. That means that anyone can enjoy the magic of this amazing native holly and its super colorful branches in winter. 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 among 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 Poppins 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 'FARROWBPOP'
Patent: USPP 25,835
Common name: Winterberry holly
Zone: 3 - 9
Sun exposure: Full sun (6+ hours sun)) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 3-4' tall and wide
Flower color: White flowers develop into green, then red, berries
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Fall-winter
Bloom time: Spring
Features: Winter interest, rabbit resistant, proven winners, native, heat tolerant, fall color, cold tolerant, best for beginners
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.  

Customer Reviews

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S.K. (New Hampshire)
green leaves of winter?

Thank you for reaching out.a I was very excited to receive my male and female holly bushes, as small as they were. I thought I had gotten them into good spots in my garden with time to acclimate. They now both look dead. I thought the green leaves of a holly bush stayed green all winter?

D
D.B. (New York)
Mr and Mrs Berry

Well Mrs Berry looks ok still has her leaves but no berries but did not expect to. But Mr berry for some reason lost all his leaves so right now he looks like a stick. Will see what happens next.year

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D.L. (North Carolina)
Ordered 3 of the Berry poppins to zone 7b.

The berry producing berry poppins (females) are doing good. Their new growth that was happening in a warehouse before they arrived to me has turned a shade darker once I planted them in the soil. This indicates they have stopped producing new growth for the year. Leaves are still dark green in late October, and I am hoping it has had enough time to focus on root growth. The counterpart of Berry poppins (mr.Poppins) has lost all his leaves but began regrowing new leaves + flower buds on a branch that I accidently broke. This is not ideal since the upcoming frost it going to destroy that. But again, I hope he has grown enough roots to sustain the winter.

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D.H. (Pennsylvania)
I love them!

They arrived well and were still wet from being watered from the nursery. I planted them quickly and the male was the first to grow new leaves. The female took longer but it now growing just fine. Thank you for shipping so fast!

L
L.T. (Missouri)
Berry and Mr. Poppins

Not really sure what to think yet. There has been NO change since we put them in the ground. Not dead, still green, but no new growth.

Hello! Thank you for leaving feedback. When transplanting young plants from a nursery pot to a garden, the plant allocates more energy to root development instead of shoot development (above ground). It's important for them to develop a robust root system so they can actually absorb the nutrients and water in the soil around them. Then after their root system is more developed they'll invest in their shoots and flower development. They generally spend their first year growing roots in their new home, the second year they have more energy to put into growth, and the third year, they are growing and flowering vigorously. This applies to plants in the garden center as well as plants you purchase online. We hope this helps. Happy Gardening!