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Mr. Poppins® Winterberry Ilex verticillata

Exposure
  • 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
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
4' 4'
Height
3' - 4'
Spread
3' - 4'
  • Details

    Features

    This compact male winterberry is the ideal pollinator for Berry Poppins® or any Proven Winners® winterberry holly.

    Resists: 
    Deer
    Native to North America
    Small or Miniature

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 60 Inches
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Winter
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Winter
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Winter
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Wet
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Because only one male plant is needed for fruit on up to 5 females, you can hide away this less showy plant in a less conspicuous part of your landscape, as long as it is within about 50' of the female plants.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    One male plant will pollinate up to 5 female plants; plant within 50' of one another to assure good pollination. Please see our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly for more information.

    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 - pruning at any time of the year 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. 

     

    Mr. Poppins® Ilex verticillata 'FARROWMRP' USPP 25,834, Can 5,287
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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought one Mr. Poppins and four merry Poppins. Planted them last fall and they all started flowering this year (April 2021). We had a rough winter also here in the northeast. Hoping to see berries this winter. They are Planted in a mostly sunny area too.

      Rob
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 16 weeks ago
    • I bought one Mr. Poppins and four merry Poppins. Planted them last fall and they all started flowering this year (April 2021). We had a rough winter also here in the northeast. Hoping to see berries this winter. They are Planted in a mostly sunny area too.

      Rob
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 16 weeks ago
    • Very disappointed. The girls (Berry Poppins) are thriving but Mr, Poppins never took off and eventually died.

      Lisa Kelsey
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 16 weeks ago
    • Didn't survive the first winter

      Karen Kinzig
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 17 weeks ago
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