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  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly  for Sale

    Winter Red Winterberry Holly  for Sale

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Winter Red Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'


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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
Winter Red Winterberry Holly Planting Mix

Helps your Winter Red 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.

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Growing Zones: 3-9
(hardy down to -30℉)

Growing Zones 3-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-8 ft

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.



Growth Rate:


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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Customer Reviews

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These things are amazing. They absolutely are flawless and have taken off greatly. I have the apollo also and the fruit produced on the Winter Red looks incredible!
November 1, 2018
1 year ago
I'm anxious to see if they turn out like the beautiful photos on website, so far very slow growth. If they do I would certainly order a couple more.
September 6, 2018
4 months ago
Not much a show yet
After several months in the ground, the shrub has not grown much, but it looks healthy. Very little sign of berries. Perhaps it'll do better next year.
August 19, 2018
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Winter Red Holly berry
Plants arrived a little wilted, perked up with light and water.
Quite small, stick looking but am hoping they will grow to look the photo on company's website.
Very small, does not look like the photo on website description
Very small, hope it grows like the one on website. Plant is healthy looking.
August 18, 2017
1 year ago
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Nice bushes.
Growing beautifully this summer..will know more after a Vermont winter.
July 5, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Beautiful, healthy plants
I can't really say how these are performing in our garden because they are still in their pots, waiting for dry weather. However, they arrived in perfect condition, expertly packaged, and ready to go in the ground. Good sized plants, fully leafed out, just wonderful!
May 11, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
So far so good. I just planted them and the tops are leafing out. My fingers are crossed!
May 11, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
easy and beautiful
easy to grow and beautiful in the yard
May 5, 2017
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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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Nice healthy plant. Not sure if I will get berries without a male/female bush to pollinate.
September 7, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Winter Red Winterberry Holly  Planting Diretions

The Winter Red Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red') is a deciduous holly able to tolerate freezing temperatures as low as -30 degrees and grows well in soggy areas along rivers, ponds and swamps. They are recommended for USDA zones 3-9 and will reach a mature height/width of 6-8 feet. In the fall, the dark green, oval shaped leaves turn yellow and begin to fall from the plant. During this time, small white blooms appear and begin to produce vibrant red berries. The leaves will begin to fall off leaving only berries on the stems that remain on the plant throughout the winter months, giving your landscape a brilliant pop of color when all other plants are bare. Be sure to plant a male pollinator nearby such as a Southern Gentleman Winterberry for berry production.

Location: Choose a location where your holly will receive full sun which helps to promote flower production giving you the most berries. If you’re in an area where hot, dry summers occur, provide your plant with partial shade in the afternoon. Be sure your soil is well draining and they prefer a more acidic soil with a pH between 3.5 and 6.0 range.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice the width.
2) Amend the soil with acid-rich compost made from organic matter.
3) Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole.
4) Fill the hole surrounding the roots with soil, tamping down firmly.
5) Water your plant to help remove air pockets from the soil.

Watering: Water your Winterberry Holly regularly after planted, ensuring the soil is moist to a depth 2 inches down. Once the plant is established, it will be somewhat drought tolerant, but will produce a larger amount of flowers and berries if watered regularly.

Fertilization: They do not typically need to be fertilized unless they’re growing slower than normal. If this is the case, apply 10-10-10 fertilizer in spring around the base of the plant. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the label for optimum performance.

Pruning: Prune your Winterberry in early spring to remove any dead or diseased branches or branches that are criss-crossing and rubbing together. Make your cuts at a 45 degree angle ensuring the clipping tools are sterilized to avoid the spread of pathogens. A household rubbing alcohol is perfect for sterilizing your tools.

Pests and Diseases: The Winterberry requires little care and has few pest or disease issues. Planting these shrubs in acidic soil helps ensure iron chlorosis does not occur, but can be remedied by amending the soil.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
My wife loves the red berries for display and to attract birds.
Joseph W on Dec 11, 2018
Year-round greenery
Joanne K on Sep 19, 2018
My wife loves the red berries for display and to attract birds.
Joseph W on Dec 11, 2018
I love color in my flower garden
Pauline T on Nov 5, 2018
Year-round greenery
Joanne K on Sep 19, 2018
DOMINIC M on Aug 14, 2018
Wanted privacy along part of back fence line in an area that is VERY wet if it rains; I was looking for something "pretty" that would be happy "swimming". This is a perfect choice for both reasons.
Pat J on Jun 26, 2018
looking for winter color!
Barbara R on Nov 9, 2017
Choose it for the color.
Tammy B on Nov 5, 2017
Color in the winter
sue w on Oct 17, 2017
Front left side of yard needed some color. And have seen in other yards it adds the red with the beautiful green foliage. Looking forward to watching it grow.
norma w on Oct 17, 2017
shiny leaves and red berries
Judith W on Sep 12, 2017
Will look nice on both sides of the house. A little kick.
Gale H on Sep 11, 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 purchased 5 of these as accent shrubs along our front walkway. We hope that they respond well and grow into beautiful, small shrubs. We purchased them for their color and in hopes they will feed our bird friends with the berries they produce. They are small plants - about 12 inches when delivered but hopefully they will grow at a moderate pace.
Wendy B on Jul 14, 2017
privacy hedge & color
Rodney M on May 26, 2017
Colorful accent against 6 foot white privacy fence
Deborah T on May 18, 2017
To make a line between our property and the neighbors.
Deborah R on May 11, 2017
I need something bold and beautiful to spruce up the winter landscape in the front yard. I kept looking at dwarf crabapples, cherry trees, and Japanese maple trees, but none of them would have the red berries being retained for so much of the winter, as I hope this winter red winterberry holly will do. As most trees get bigger than 8 feet wide. now I realize I should have been looking for a shrub instead of a tree!
celerystalks on Apr 18, 2017
I wanted the bushes for my birthday and my mother Ordered them for me. Thanks mama
Dacia C on Apr 17, 2017
I ordered these for my mother, who loves the bright red berries in winter. We've always had nandina and other berry shrubs, but this one is particularly appealing!
Ken B on Mar 19, 2017
berries for birds, flowers for bees
Arlette K on Mar 13, 2017
These are not looking too healthy yet. Just planted recently. Temperatures. 40-80 in Tx
Mary Lou S on Feb 27, 2017
Looks like a great plant for fall and into winter.
AMY O on Feb 21, 2017
High water table in my backyard
SUSAN S on Jan 24, 2017
Winter colors
Nancy H on Jan 10, 2017
I love color and this fits a spot I've been wanting to fill in my garden.
Anita on Jan 6, 2017
Its beautiful around Christmas time with cutting the berries and using them for decoration. Also, just the green of this bush is very nice with other plants around.
Heather V on Dec 23, 2016
No room for a tree in Bronx Bungalow.. I chose Winter Red Holly because I have table top space and I can plant in cottage garden after Christmas.
SHARON M on Dec 17, 2016
to attract birds
Ken J on Dec 12, 2016
I wanted a colorful plant for my deck that could survive in winter.
Bonnie R on Dec 6, 2016
My Mom wanted a holly bush / tree that she could use for Christmas on her patio and plant in the yard in the spring...
Rita K on Dec 1, 2016
color and bird friendly
dana b on Nov 26, 2016
Beautiful plants
Juan E on Nov 8, 2016
For color and food for birds
debbie r on Nov 1, 2016
for the birds
Joel K on Oct 28, 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
I love color in my flower garden
Pauline T on Nov 5, 2018
DOMINIC M on Aug 14, 2018
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.
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.
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 .
Is it necessary to plant more than one plant to have berries?
Marilyn T on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but if your neighbors have berries then you should be okay. Just depends on how far away the boy is from the girl ;)
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.
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.
I live in AL...I need a hearty shrub for a no sun area...will these grow w/o sun and when is best to plant?
uajoan on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Winter Red Holly would be fine for your zone, it can grow in partial shade but not full shade. It would have to have some sun. Remember you need a male and female version of this if you want it to produce berries.
Do the winter reds need a wind barrier in the winter? I'm zone 6
Pat A on Oct 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No it does not I am in zone 4 and planted this on the side of house that gets most of the winter wind and other elements. The plant did extremely well without any extra tlc.
How do I ensure that I get a male and female to get berries?
Megan F on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Don't know. Ask Pam at Fast growing trees
What is the male that is used as a polinator and do you have them for sale as well?
Pat J on Jun 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Apollo Winterberry Holly is a good pollinator for the Winter Red Winterberry Holly.
Are these plants tolerant to heavy winds?
Monica J on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes once they are established.
I know these are zone appropriate for Colorado, I’m just worried they don’t do well here because I don’t see them. They are so pretty! Do you know if they will grow very successfully, or is there better choice for a fast growing privacy hedge for my climate (Denver)?
Jennifer D on Sep 24, 2018

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