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Apollo Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticulatta "Apollo'


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-t- Root Rocket™ 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
-t- Planting Mix
Apollo Winterberry Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Apollo Winterberry 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.

Coarse 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- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12 ft.

Mature Width:

12 ft.



Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Ilex verticulatta "Apollo'

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

Without Apollo, There’d be No Holly Berries

Apollo is a male winterberry holly. Its main job is to pollinate female Winter Red Winterberries.  While Apollo doesn’t produce the showy red berries, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy that classic red winter ornamental without it.

You Only Plant 1 for Every 6: That’s a Good Deal!
Plant within 50 feet of female hollies and this winterberry variety will pollinate six of them. 

It’s the muscle in this operation—doing all the work and saving you money at the same time.

Tough Enough to Withstand the Cold and Heat
Apollos don’t mind freezing temperatures. In fact, they can survive in -10 degrees Fahrenheit. The Apollo Holly works wonders pollinating your female berry bushes in the north where colder climates require hardier varieties.

But it also grows without problems as far south as Florida. Heartily sprouting in high humidity.

Adapts to Your Environment with Ease
Apollos thrive in most conditions. From sandy to dry to wet soils...polluted or salty air...shade or sun...even submerged in six inches of water!

It will continue to grow and bloom.

This is one very dependable plant. No matter your landscape, just add a little water, and it will continue to be a fundamental feature in your garden.

Apollo Holly may not have berries, but it does have beautiful flowers and leaves. Creamy white flowers form in clusters all over this holly berry bush in late spring. And its green leaves fade—yellow to orange to red from stem to tip—capturing all the colors of fall.

Apollos showoff burgundy red stems and plum-purple leaves as new branches grow—giving it a subtle yet pretty arrangement of color most of the year.

Take in the array of color and simple beauty of this holly shrub.

Your Wildlife Loving Holly
This male winterberry is nature’s best friend. Bees love to take in its pollen to create honey and share the wealth with nearby female hollies. The Apollo is also a friend to other winged animals—birds easily build nests and raise their young hidden within the twiggy branches of the bush.

Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy the flora and the fauna without ever having to leave home thanks to this amazing Holly.

Your Best Bet for a Background Plant or Hedge
This holly berry shrub grows 12 ft. tall and just as wide. Anchor your garden bed by planting the Apollo at the farthest edge. Round it out for a modern or contemporary look. Let it grow wildly. Sprawling. Connecting your manicured garden to the edge of the forest.

Divide your property from the neighbors with a mass planting of hollies. Apollos love to connect with one another—forming a dense barrier. It will give you privacy and the peace of mind you hope for.

You can also divide up sections—creating separate outdoor living spaces to enhance the hominess of your yard.

Build your own sanctuary with the help of the Apollo Holly.  Order now and we’ll ship right to your door!


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Customer Reviews

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if you have the Red Winterberry you NEED the Apollo for it to bare fruit. I have both and it is an incredible pairing! could not be more satisfied
November 1, 2018
1 year ago
Arrived nice and healthy
I was very impressed how quickly my order was on my doorstep. The plant was very fresh and even had flowers blooming on the stems! I would be most happy ordering from you again.
June 30, 2018
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
Not very impressed
Although the plant is still alive, I am rating this as 1 star. From your website descriptions, I believed you did not ship bare root plants. I thought I would receive a plant with the roots in a one gallon container as described. It arrived as a single stem with some leaves in a plastic bag of dirt. Not quite bare root, but obviously not in the container in which it was grown. However, since my local greenhouse did not have any male hollys and I had also ordered the 'Root Rocket Fertilizer', I thought I would plant it and see what happens.

I have attached a photo of the plant today. Although I know that the photos on your website are of mature plants, the plant I received didn't resemble the photo at all. It is now approximately 20" tall and has grown new leaves, so I hope all of my TLC will yield a healthy plant.

I have successfully ordered trees and shrubs from other on-line companies. I will likely not order from you again.
Apollo winterberry holly
Apollo winterberry holly
June 8, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Happy Holly.
This guy got a late start but came back strong. He seems healthy and happy with his new Winter Red girlfriend. Not shy at all.
May 26, 2018
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
so far, so good
It's a young plant so at this point in time, I can't give a review yet but it is healthy. I purchased the apollo winterberry holly to pollinate my red winterberry hollies.
May 25, 2018
10 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Apollo Winterberry Holly

Apollo Winterberry Holly Planting Diretions

Location:  The Ilex verticillata, commonly called the Apollo holly, is the male hybrid winterberry holly plant that is chiefly used as a pollinator for the Ilex verticillata and the Ilex serrata cultivars. When used as a pollinator, the Apollo Holly plant should be planted within 50 feet of the female plant to ensure pollination.  One male plant can successfully pollinate three to five female plants.


The Apollo Holly plant grows best in a soil pH of 4.5-7.5 in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8.  The plant grows to a height of 6-12 feet and about the same width, so plant it away from buildings and walkways to provide the shrub with adequate growth room.


Planting Instructions: Plant the Apollo Holly plant in a full sunlight or partial shade. The plant tolerates well-draining, average soil. However, it prefers slightly acidic soil amended with about 10-20% compost or manure for best growth. It can withstand short periods of flooding or drought once established.


Dig a hole twice the diameter of the Apollo Holly’s root ball and just as deep. Moisten the hole with water before planting the holly. Place the plant’s roots into the hole. Fill the hole in with dirt and tamp the soil firmly down around the roots to remove any air pockets.


Watering -- Water the Apollo Holly plant thoroughly after planting to help settle the roots. Keep the plant moist for the first year of growth to help the plant establish a firm root system. Water the plant at least once per week, especially during periods of drought for optimum growth. After the first year, you should only need to water in times of extended drought or heat. Your natural rainfall will be sufficient.


Fertilizing: Fertilize the Apollo Holly plant in the early spring or fall using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for ratio requirements.


Pruning: Prune the Apollo Holly plant in the fall or winter during non-growth periods.. Remove any broken or dead branches. The plant can be pruned to help shape and maintain its overall size. The plant spreads through root suckers, so to control growth, the suckers should be pruned away or dug up.


Pest and Diseases: The Apollo Holly plant is exceptionally hardy. It suffers from no significant pests or diseases.


Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Bryan H on Aug 6, 2018
Until I read the description of this plant, I was only looking for the pollinator to make the female plant throw berries; however, Apollo not only would do that but be "pretty" (if a guy can be called pretty) as well.
Pat J on Jun 26, 2018
Bryan H on Aug 6, 2018
Pal T on Jul 21, 2018
Until I read the description of this plant, I was only looking for the pollinator to make the female plant throw berries; however, Apollo not only would do that but be "pretty" (if a guy can be called pretty) as well.
Pat J on Jun 26, 2018
To fertilize my female ilexes.
James A on Apr 22, 2018
I chose the Apollo Winterberry for the female winterberry hollies in my yard that have not yielded any berries in the presence of other male pollinators that have not seemed to have success.
brad c on Mar 3, 2018
to pollinate my female winterberry
Tuan H on Feb 17, 2018
Choose it to keep my holly’s colorful.
Tammy B on Nov 5, 2017
Pal T on Jul 21, 2018
To fertilize my female ilexes.
James A on Apr 22, 2018
Is this a ever green?
Holly L on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In my climate, in the NE, (coastal Massachusetts) , it is not.However, it provides a lot of winter interest: the branches are covered in crimson berries till mid -february or till the birds get to them.
How fast will it grow annually? I am looking for a wind break to help my lavender bushes grow, and later the tree I plan on being buried with. I live in the Texas panhandle with very hot winds in the summer.
Daisy A on Jun 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in Galveston (hot and humid). The Apollo was planted last fall, had blossoms this spring . It appears that it will be a sturdy plant but right now isn't bushy and is about 15-18 inches high. I'm in no rush for it to get big so haven't been concerned. It looks healthy and the female plants have plenty of berries.
Does the Apollo have berries in winter? Color?
New gardener on Jun 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have beautiful bright red berries in Winter, if the birds don't eat them. Birds love the berries.

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