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Winter Red Holly


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Winter Red Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Winter Red Holly get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 3-9 outdoors

Growing Zones 3-9 outdoors
This plant is recommended for zones: 3-9 outdoors
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-8 ft

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full - Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

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The Cold Hardiest of All Holly Varieties

Winter Red Hollies are breaking the stereotypes that suggest hollies will only flourish in the south, because they have an extremely high tolerance for freezing temperatures as well as heavy layers of ice and snow

Most holly varieties can only tolerate the cold temperatures in growing zone 6, but Winter Red Hollies will flourish up in growing zone 3, with temperatures that dip down to -30 degrees. 

Winter Red Hollies do more than survive northern climates because they flourish with astonishing beauty. Every fall these deciduous hollies develop vibrant red berries that pop against the hollies’ foliage, before the leaves drop and reveal the main attraction in the winter. 

Bright red berries pop on bare stems without leaves to take away from their vibrant hue. They glow in the landscape, providing bursts of color in the empty winter countryside. 

Clip a few branches and bring them inside for beautiful winter and holiday decorations. The branches and berries look great when arranged in centerpieces, and when crafted into wreaths.

The berries are an ample food source for birds during the winter. The bright red berries attract cardinals, blue jays and more to perch on the branches and grab a quick snack, causing this shrub to be a must have for wildlife enthusiasts.

In the spring when new growth first emerges, it’s a dark burgundy color. As the long, oval shaped, waxy leaves mature they turn a shade of dark green. This colorful transition is a delight to watch.

Winter Red Hollies are compact shrubs that only grow 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, so they’ll fit perfectly as ornamental shrubs in smaller areas. They are perfect for accenting gardens and framing porches.

They can also be planted in a row to form a dense privacy screen. Once planted close together, their thick foliage will fill in to form a living wall that eyes can’t penetrate. 

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Why people aren't getting berries on their 'Winter Red"
Winter Red MUST have the correct male pollinator. A male that is blooming at the same time as Winter Red. The best pollinator for this cultivar is 'Southern Gentleman'.

Newly rooted Winter Red, only 6" tall, will produce berries if their blossoms are pollinated.. For all hollies ( ILEX), two plants must be present...a male and a female. There are varying times when Winterberry males and females bloom. They MUST be matched re bloom time in order for pollination to occur which is the ONLY way berries/fruit can be produced.
October 3, 2016
Vincennes, IN
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Growth Rate
They were larger than expected
They were pretty big and very healthy! I was very pleased with the purchase. They are still doing great and producing new growth! No berries yet but it is still early. I love them!
September 3, 2016
Grand Blanc, MI
2 months ago
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Nice healthy plant. Not sure if I will get berries without a male/female bush to pollinate.
September 7, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
4 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Winter Red Holly

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Winter Red Holly .

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Winter Red Holly gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Winter Red Holly again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I wanted an evergreen to hide the a/c unit and that was colorful during the off season as well
Gregory S on Oct 8, 2016
Beautiful shrub and have had good luck with Fast Growing Tree Co.
vernon w on Oct 2, 2016
I wanted an evergreen to hide the a/c unit and that was colorful during the off season as well
Gregory S on Oct 8, 2016
Help screen next door neighbors
Cheryl L on Oct 4, 2016
Beautiful shrub and have had good luck with Fast Growing Tree Co.
vernon w on Oct 2, 2016
I like how these are aesthetically pleasing during the winter months when most plants are lifeless.
james b on Sep 28, 2016
No prickly leaves
Kathryn H on Sep 5, 2016
Help screen next door neighbors
Cheryl L on Oct 4, 2016
I like how these are aesthetically pleasing during the winter months when most plants are lifeless.
james b on Sep 28, 2016
Can this holly be planted in a large ornamental pot?
SANDRA C on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can plant Winter Red in a huge container for a while, but eventually it will become root bound and need to be planted in the ground.
I live in MN. When should I plant these?
Rebekah F on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In a word , now . Fall is a great time to plant .
To grow into a barrier, how far apart do you suggest for planting?
Suzanne B on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant 3-4 foot apart.
Is this safe for cats and dogs?
Sherrie A on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, they are not poisonous to cats and dogs. This is a persistent myth. In addition, cats and dogs have no interest in eating any kind of winterberry berries. Birds, however, love them, especially in cold snowy weather when food for birds is scarce. Robins in particular where we are. ILEX opaca - American Holly- is sturdier and larger...the robins flock to American Holly in droves.
I would also like to know if I need male and female plants to produce berries or does a single plant produce on its own?
Anna B on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to my research you need to pair the Winterberry with a male plant called "Mr. Poppins." A staff member above me answered that this is a hermaphrodite. I would like to know the genus name of this plant to know for certain if this plant will form berries by itself. I did some research online and from what I gathered "Winter Red" needs a male to produce berries. I saw on another site that they include the male with your purchase of a female to ensure berry production.
Does this plant actually survive minnesota winters?
Karen R on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 3-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.

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