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Berry Heavy® Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
96" 96"
72 - 96"
72 - 96"
  • Details


    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
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    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: 
    Cut Flower
    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'
  • 1 Review

    • 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!

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