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Berry Nice® Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

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


Vivid red winter berries are great for cuts or adding color to the landscape. Use Mr. Poppins as pollinator. Mildew resistant. 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: 
Flower Shade: 
not significant
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: 

Great for use in the landscape, excellent winter interest. Beautiful for cuts to create holiday displays. Use in groupings and mass plantings, as perennial or shrub border plants. Good as specimens, screens, or hedges. It tolerates damp soils, and so can 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 label for recommended rates of application. Use 'Jim Dandy' as pollinator.

Bright red berries are great for flower arranging!

Berry Nice winterberry produce copious amounts of bright red berries to be enjoyed in fall and winter. It has superior fruit set and retention. Brighten up the winter landscape with a mass planting of this variety. The berries can also be cut for use in floral arrangements. Berry Nice is also noteworthy for its improved mildew resistance. Use Mr. Poppins as the male pollinator. To produce berries a female and male plant are required. Fruit is not edible.

Berry Nice® Ilex verticillata 'Spriber'
  • Slow grower so far. Cute little plant- no fruit this year, even with male

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Loralea Kirby
    New Jersey
    United States
    5 years ago
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