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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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Size: Quart
Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Berry Heavy® Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96


Large red berries in winter add color to the landscape. Use Mr. Poppins as pollinator. Great for cutting. Native.

Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Bog Plant
Native to North America


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
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.

Maintenance Notes: 

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.

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.

Heavy berry production for brilliant winter color!

Berry Heavy winterberry produces copious amounts of bright red berries to be enjoyed in fall and winter. Brighten up the winter landscape with a mass planting! The berries can also be cut for use in floral arrangements. Use Mr. Poppins as the male pollinator. To produce berries a male and female plant are both required. Fruit is not edible.

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