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Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’

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Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

Winter Red winterberry holly

The bright red berries of Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ lend a festive touch to the winter garden. This easy to grow, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub has an upright, oval habit and will reach a height of 6-8’. It produces prolific amounts of dark red fruit that persist well into January. For best fruiting, plant Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ as the male pollinator for Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’. Winterberry hollies need full sun to partial shade and perform best in moist, acidic soils; however, they are tolerant of drier conditions. This plant makes an excellent garden companion for Ilex glabra ‘Densa’, Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’, Cornus sericea, and Leucothoe axillaris.