Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'

Afterglow Winterberry Holly; Black Alder; Coralberry; Michigan Holly

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Shrub
Growth Rate - Slow. Medium growth with adequate fertilizer and water.
Mature Height - 10'
Mature Width - 10'
Longevity - 50-100 years

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Inconspicuous; greenish to white, FEMALE flowers early through late June, borne singly or in pairs or trios.
Fruit - Needs a nearby male for fruit production. Berry-like rounded one-seeded fruit, 0.25-0.50" across, often in pairs. Green during growing season, vivid orange to reddish-orange in fall and winter. May persist till spring. Poisonous if eaten by humans.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Little if any fall color in leaves. Of interest is the vivid orange to reddish-orange fruit.
Bark - Dark gray to dark brown or black on old stems, interesting twist to branches. Smooth with some lenticels.
Other Features - Deciduous, compact habit, globe shape, glossy green leaves smaller than typical. Fruit beautiful in snow setting.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Transplant B & B or as container plant. Adaptable to wet conditions. Prefers moist, acid, high organic soil. Best pollinated with "Jim Dandy", and best fruit production in sun.
Native Habitat - Native on edge of woods or in swamps from Novia Scotia to western Ontario, west to Wisconsin, south to Florida, and west to Missouri. Hardy to Zone 4.
Diseases and Insects - Tar spots, leaf spots. Powdery mildew, infrequent and nothing serious.
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- Other plants with the common name Holly.
- Other plants of the family Aquifoliaceae.
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