Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

Winter Red 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 - 9'
Mature Width - 8'
Longevity - 50-100 years

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Inconspicuous, greenish to white, FEMALE flowers early through late June, borne single or in pairs or trios on short penduncles, showing 4-7 of each flower part.
Fruit - Berry-like rounded one-seeded fruit, 0.25-0.50" across, borne in dense clusters. Green during growing season, colorful 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 bright red fruit.
Bark - Dark gray to dark brown or black on old stems, interesting twist to branches. Smooth with some lenticels.
Other Features - The intense color of the fruit is maintained throughout winter, and is beautiful in a snowy setting. Cut stems keep for months indoors if not placed in water.
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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 by a nearby 'Southern Gentleman', and best fruit production when 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, and powdery mildew, none serious
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Plants of this taxon:
Bed 185

Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Holly.
- Other plants of the family Aquifoliaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Ilex.
- Other plants of the species Ilex verticillata.