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Berry Heavy® Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
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Berry Heavy® Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96

Features

Heavy berry production for brilliant winter color!

Berry Heavy® winterberry produces copious amounts of bright red berries that really shine in the fall and winter landscape. It is a deciduous holly, which means it loses its leaves in fall, but this makes that vivid fruit even showier. The berries can also be cut for use in floral arrangements. To produce berries a male and female plant are both required - use Mr. Poppins® winterberry holly as the pollinator. Berries are not edible for humans but are relished by birds after they've softened in mid-winter. Native to North America.

Top reasons to grow Berry Heavy® winterberry holly:

- Sets more berries than conventional winterberry hollies

- Grows well in tough conditions, like shade and wet soil

- Adds color and interest to the winter landscape

- Attracts wildlife

Produces Berries
Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Bog Plant
Attracts: 
Birds
Resists: 
Deer
Native to North America

Characteristics

Plant Type: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
72 - 96 Inches
Spacing: 
72 - 96 Inches
Spread: 
72 - 96 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

A good addition to mixed borders or cutting gardens. Beautiful for cuts to create holiday displays. Good in groupings and mass plantings, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen, screen, or hedge. Good show in winter gardens. This plant tolerates wet conditions and may be used in bioswales and rain gardens.

Please Note: To produce berries, you'll need to plant Mr. Poppins®male winterberry holly as well.

Maintenance Notes: 

For complete information about growing and getting berries on winterberry holly, please see our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly

One male plant will pollinate up to 5 female plants; plant within 50' of one another to assure good pollination.

Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas. 

It is best to avoid pruning winterberry hollies, except to remove whole branches for cut flowers or other decorating. Regular  pruning or cutting back, however, will impact the number of flowers and the quantity of fruit that the plant sets. Little pruning should be required, though very old branches can be removed in early spring if they are no longer producing vigorous growth. 

According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

Berry Heavy® Ilex verticillata 'Spravy'
  • Bought 6 quarts of this plus the male pollinator when we moved to a cabin on a mountain and all i knew of gardening was the clay soil was very wet. Today they are 5' and growing, all absolutely gorgeous shrubs! Never a problem, never needed water during hot summers, never a leaf scorch, disease, broken branch, etc. PERFECT in every way and attracting hundreds of pollinators and birds. Worth every penny and more- I'm buying more to place on another part of the garden!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Deca
    Round Hill
    United States
    1 week ago
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