Ilex verticillata Red Sprite
Red Sprite Winterberry or Winterberry Holly I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 3-5 ft tall (0.9-1.5 m), compact, rounded form. Leaves alternate, simple,
lustrous, dark green. A female plant, produces large, bright red fruit, which often persist throughout the winter
and sometimes into early spring. Can be pollinated by 'Jim Dandy' and 'Appollo' (Dirr, 2009).
- Sun to partial shade. Adapts to many soil types, best in moist, organic soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Introduced by Hampden Nurseries. Apparently
also sold under the following names; 'Compacta', Macrocarpa' and 'Nana'.