FAQ ilex verticillata
Wondering how to grow Ilex verticillata? We have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this native evergreen shrub. If your questions are not answered, please use our contact form or call 512-625-1705. I. verticillata is a dense, suckering, deciduous shrub, growing to 2 meters tall, with bright green, oval to lance-shaped leaves with serrated margins.
Extremely showy in late fall and early winter when covered with their bright red fruit, these shrubs are either male or female--a trait typical of the holly family. Birds are readily attracted to them. Since this shrub grows in both wet and dry sites, it is an adaptable naturalizer. The southern species Ilex decidua, found in thickets and moist sites from Virginia to Texas, also has the distinctive red fruit.Warning: All Ilex species may be somewhat toxic if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personï¿½s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantï¿½s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), a deciduous holly shrub that is native to the eastern U.S., can be a great addition to the landscape, as it produces bright red berries that persist through the entire winter and into spring. Not only do the bright berries add important color to winter landscapes, but they also lure in colorful birds that love to feed on the prolific red berries.This Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® is a new spin on a native Winterberry Holly. It produces a bountiful crop of red berries that soften toward mid-winter, providing a welcome source of food for birds. A deciduous shrub that sheds its leaves in autumn, just in time to show off all the bright berries. Cut a few stems and use them to decorate indoors or outside for the holidays. Plants thrive in partial shade and damp soil, and they are tolerant of road salt. Use Mr. Poppins® as a male pollinator. A Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety. 'Spravy'Like most Hollies, Ilex verticillata has separate male and female plants. While only female plants can produce berries, male plants are necessary to provide pollen for their flowers. Gardeners usually give female plants a prominent spot and tuck the male plants in an out-of-the-way corner. The genus Ilex includes some 350 species, best known for its spiny, evergreen forms with red berries. It's much harder to find selections of our deciduous, native species, I. verticillata. In the wild, it is often found in wet soil, but it also grows well in average soil and tolerates a fair measure of drought once established. (Source: www.whiteflowerfarm.com)