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Category: Winter Interest

A complete garden should have true four season interest (spring, summer, fall, winter). Included in this section are plants that will round out your garden in winter.

Ilex verticillata (Un)Common Winterberry

Ilex verticillata, common winterberry, is a deciduous holly; with the exception of the American holly (Ilex opaca) and dwarf yaupon hollies for parterre, common winterberry is the only holly I can warm to in the landscape.  The female is the one you want (although a male will need to be planted nearby to ensure fruit set).

In the late fall into winter, Ilex verticillata is a beacon. Excellent option for persistently wet areas.
Regarding the male, you only need one male for every 6-10 females, and Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’ is recommended for Winter Red. Check with nursery to ensure bloom times of your selected male coincides with your female plant.

The variety pictured herein is Winter Red, and Sparkleberry is another winner.  Height/Width are both in the 6′-8′ range, and the inconsequential flowers bloom late May-July.

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