Ilex verticillata Winter Red
Winter Red Winterberry or Winterberry Holly I-leks ver-ti-si-LA-ta
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, to about 8 ft (2.4 m) tall and wide, suckering, an upright rounded habit. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptic-lanceolate, tip long pointed, dark green. A female plant, heavy producer of bright red fruit (about 8 mm wide) if pollinated by a male selection (the cultivar 'Southern Gentleman' often recommended). Fruit often persists throughout the winter and sometimes into early spring.
- Sun to partial shade. Adapts to many soil types, best in moist, organic soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Introduced by the Simpson Nursery, Vincennes, Indiana. A popular cultivar.