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Berry Nice® 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


    We no longer offer this variety - the information below is for reference only. For substitutions, please see Berry Heavy® winterberry holly, Berry Poppins® winterberry holly, and Little Goblin® Red winterberry holly.

    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.

    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: 
    Flower Shade: 
    not significant
    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: 

    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: 

    For complete details on 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 Nice® Ilex verticillata 'Spriber'
  • 1 Review

    • Slow grower so far. Cute little plant- no fruit this year, even with male

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