Winterberry (male)

Winterberry (male)

Ilex verticillata

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants

Bloom Time: June to July

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Average to acidic, prefers organic loams but is adaptable to both heavy and light soils

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Winterberry is a deciduous holly that naturally grows along streams, ponds, and swamps. It is an upright, rounded, slow-growing shrub that can form thickets from root suckers. While the greenish flowers are small, the berries that follow are bright red and very showy. Tolerant of various soil types, they’re suitable for many different uses such as rain gardens and hedges. Also great for birds and wildlife in the colder months once berries have ripened. Winterberry is host to the Henry’s Elfin Butterfly (pictured above).
NOTE: Both male and female plants are necessary to produce berries.

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Soil Type

Average to acidic, prefers organic loams but is adaptable to both heavy and light soils.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Bloom Color



3 to 12'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

June to July

Other names

winterberry holly, deciduous holly, Jim dandy, southern gentleman

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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