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Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

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Mature Height:

6-10 ft.

Mature Width:

6-10 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

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AZ

Cold-Hardy Male Pollinator for Winterberry Holly

This Southern Gentleman with have other Hollies Seeing Red
…beautiful red berries, that is!

If you’re looking for a splash of red during drab winter months, then purchasing this Southern Gentleman Holly (and a female holly bush if you don’t have one) is the first step. Known botanically as ilex verticillata, the Southern Gentleman Holly is the male counterpart to the female winterberry bush known for her attractive red berries in the colder months.   

Love is in the Air with a Holly Pair
It's not necessary to have the female equivalent of the Southern Gentleman Holly, but together, they make an elegant spectacle.  The Southern Gentleman Holly is dioecious, which means male and female flowers are on separate plants. That's why it's advised that the male and females be no more than 50 feet apart from each other. All you need is one Southern Gentleman Holly bush for every 5 to 10 female plants if you want a spectacular crop of beautiful berries. You'll find that the Southern Gentleman is the perfect suitor with female winterberry bushes such as the sparkleberry, the ever-popular winter red and other later blooming holly varieties.

Don’t Be Fooled - He’s Pretty Handsome Too
Enough talk about the flashy female counterparts - let's discuss what makes this male winterberry bush so debonair. The medium emerald colored elliptical leaves are slightly toothed and rather soft to the touch. When the plant is blooming in the spring it features petite, white flowers with a slight hint of yellow. In fact, by examining the stamens you can distinguish the males from the females. The winterberry ‘fellows’ have projected stamens while the ‘ladies’ stamens have a rounded bump at the center.

Places to Show Off This Fetching Fellow
Given its love of wet areas, this holly bush does quite well close to ponds, streams and even near downspouts if  the area is well-drained. When planted closely, they make an excellent shrub border, hedge line or an avian garden since birds love them.

What makes the plants here so unique is the ‘no bare root shipping’ policy. Your plant arrives with soil that protects the roots so it will continue to provide nutrients.  You don’t have to deal with complicated cutting or soaking of the roots before planting either since it has a healthy root system that’s ready to thrive in your yard.

Look Forward to Autumn and Winter This Year
When autumn rolls around, the foliage becomes an absolute head turner. The colors of the leaves transform from green to yellow and then to a deep red / purple, and changes to a bronze hue after the first hard frost of the season.

Again, if you have a female, she will bear some spectacular red holly berries that birds love to devour in the wintertime when food sources are scarce. Plus, if you're into crafts, these sprigs of berries can also be plucked to create amazing, eye-catching holiday arrangements your friends and family will adore.

Gardening Time Is Minimal
The Southern Gentleman Holly enjoys being in areas that are moist, yet well-drained, and they do excellent in full sunny areas to partially shaded locations. Plus, it’s quite hardy and can withstand climates as low as -35°F. When it comes to pruning, it's advised to eliminate branches at the ground level that are crisscrossing or rubbing together. Furthermore, if it’s getting too tall, you can trim it to make it a smaller bush. Requiring little to no maintenance, this is a popular pick for those who are looking for a beautiful plant that’s easy to manage.

Brighten you Landscape with the Perfect Southern Gentleman Today  
Choose this fine fellow for your female winterberry holly bushes and enjoy beautiful bright berries from winter through early spring. Order now for fast delivery right to your home.  





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Was thrilled with the condition and size of this plant. It was well packed and very healthy looking. I would use this company again and recommend it to others.
July 13, 2017
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5 months ago
Excellent
Tree was in excellent condition! No shipping damage at all and the soil was still moist!
June 18, 2017
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Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Southern Gentleman Winterberry



Step 1: Dig Your Hole


Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Southern Gentleman Winterberry.

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 Southern Gentleman Winterberry 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 Southern Gentleman Winterberry again after the transplant is complete.


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Love to feed the migrating birds that come through in the spring and fall, and the pollinators. These are beautiful shrubs and native. They need moist conditions to do the best. I have them near my downspouts. Dont forget you need both the male and female plants to get the berries.
Rachel D on Aug 16, 2017
To pollinate my winter red winterberry shrubs
Diane F on May 24, 2017
Love to feed the migrating birds that come through in the spring and fall, and the pollinators. These are beautiful shrubs and native. They need moist conditions to do the best. I have them near my downspouts. Dont forget you need both the male and female plants to get the berries.
Rachel D on Aug 16, 2017
We bought this as the male specimen to my Winter Red Winterberry Holly's. It was rather large (approximately 3 ft), which I appreciate in my yard of young shrubs. It has responded very well to its location.
Wendy B on Jul 14, 2017
To pollinate my winter red winterberry shrubs
Diane F on May 24, 2017
Have a Winterberry Holly female & need a pollinator
James H on May 20, 2017
To pair with Winter Red Winterberry Holly
Deborah T on May 18, 2017
we have the winterberry "winter red" female plant and needed the male pollinator
Nathan B on May 18, 2017
I will find a place for the southern Gentleman, near the Winter red winterberry holly, which I am also purchasing from Fast-Growing-Trees. Very excited to receive the new plants and watch them grow this year.
celerystalks on Apr 18, 2017
To pollinate the red winterberry I ordered.
Leslie B on Apr 8, 2017
We bought this as the male specimen to my Winter Red Winterberry Holly's. It was rather large (approximately 3 ft), which I appreciate in my yard of young shrubs. It has responded very well to its location.
Wendy B on Jul 14, 2017
Have a Winterberry Holly female & need a pollinator
James H on May 20, 2017
when will you get southern gentleman holly in stock?
Carol H on Aug 7, 2017
Do you have an email address or text number that I can send a picture of bush I have to see if you sell them?
Edith G on Apr 1, 2017

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