Light pruning will produce a very full product similar in body to an Itea, versus traditional shearing which produces a tall vase shaped product and typically takes an additional season to produce.
Watch for Aphids and treat as necessary.
BERRY HEAVY produces copious amounts of bright red berries to be enjoyed in fall and winter. Use Ilex 'Jim Dandy' as the male pollinator for verticillata
Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas. Likes high moisture, native to swampy and boggy areas. Best if pruned in late winter or early spring. No pruning really necessary unless removing dead/broken branches. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the recommended rates of application. Use 'Jim Dandy' as pollinator.