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Little Goblin® Orange Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata

Flower Season
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
4' 4'
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 4'
  • Details


    This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Berry Poppins®

    Chase away the winter blues with something colorful!

    Little Goblin® Orange winterberry holly lights up the darkest season with dozens of extra-large, bright orange berries. Smaller habit makes it much more landscape-friendly than other winterberry hollies - Little Goblin Orange is just 3-4' (.9-1.2 m) tall and wide. In order to get fruit, you will need to plant Little Goblin® Guy winterberry holly as a pollinator - one Little Goblin® Guy will pollinate up to 5 Little Goblin® Orange and/or Little Goblin® Red plants. Plant the male within 50' (15.2 m) of the female varieties to ensure a heavy berry set.

    Produces Berries
    Winter Interest
    Salt Tolerant
    Bog Plant
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need Little Goblin® Guy

    Maintenance Notes: 

    For complete details on growing and getting berries on winterberry holly, please visit 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 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.

    Fun Facts: 

    Birds do eat the fruit of winterberry holly, but usually not until it has been softened by cold for several weeks. This means that you can usually enjoy the berry display until at least mid-January.

    Little Goblin® Orange Ilex verticillata 'NCIV2' USPP 28,938, Can 5,935
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