ABuy Ilex Verticillata

ABuy Ilex Verticillata

Buy Ilex Verticillata

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve). We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The fastest, easiest way to buy a pine tree.


Notes: Our winterberry are grown from seed that has been collected from native plants. Long, oval, green leaves that turn brown to black in autumn. White flowers. Bright scarlet fruit grows in clusters and persists throughout winter. Prized ornamental often used for Christmas decorations. Only female produces fruit, and must have a male nearby for pollination. Male plants have flowers in clusters. Female plants have single flowers, or in groups of 2 or 3. Female plants have flowers with a distinct green miniature “knob” in the center (the immature ovule), while male flowers are loaded with yellow anthers (the pollen-bearing structures). Please note that the winterberry plants from Cold Stream Farm are grown from seed, and not graded by sex prior to shipment. The seedlings are of no particular strain or cultivar. Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order. 3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)


Amazing when it snows, as this shrub produces brilliant, colorful berries through the winter months. To ensure color, a male pollinator should be planted near a female winterberry. To make sure you get berries, we're sending you both. Or, if you'd like to create a carefree hedgerow that's beautiful year-round, select our Winterberry Hedge, with three female plants and one male for pollination. An easy asset because it's such a low-maintenance shrub, even in areas that have proven difficult. Deer rarely bother it, but bees will be happy to help pollinate the blooms. Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' and Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman' Adding color in the winter landscape, Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) is a slow-growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of upright-rounded habit. It produces an abundance of small, inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer. They are followed by a profusion of magnificent cherry red berries from fall throughout winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into late winter unless eaten by birds. The foliage of lustrous, leathery, dark green leaves may develop yellow to purple tinged fall color. Ilex verticillata are either male or female shrubs. Both male and female plants are needed to have berries. The male must be the same species as the female and bloom at the same time. Use in groupings or masses for maximum effect.

Make sure this fits by entering your model number. Plant is delivered direct from our nursery in a 2-gallon trade pot. It is fully rooted in the soil and can be planted immediately upon arrival, weather permitting. We advise not to plant during frigid winter months or under drought conditions. Planting and how-to-care instructions will arrive with shipment For Best results, plant in usda zones 3-8. Mature Height is 8-10ft, mature spread is 8-10ft Bright Red berries provide late fall/early winter interest. Male pollinator is necessary for Berry production Grows well in full sun or partial shade Plant will be dormant (no leaves) late fall through the winter months, this is normal. It will leaf out in spring Winterberry is a highly adaptable shrub which is loved by many songbirds and small mammals. Exhibiting dark green foliage, in early summer it produces inconspicuous white flowers on the densely branched stems. Brilliant red berries offset the 2-3" leaves in late summer. Berries may remain on the plant into winter. Winterberry is suitable for hedges, rain gardens and specimen plants in the landscape. Prefers acidic soil. For proper pollination, be sure to plant a (Source: chiefrivernursery.com)



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