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Winter Red Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'


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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.

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™ 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- Apollo Winterberry Holly (Pollinator)
Apollo Winterberry Holly

Without Apollo, There’d be No Holly Berries

Apollo Winterberry Holly

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 -15 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.... Read more  


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

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

Mature Height:

6-8 ft

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


4-5 ft.

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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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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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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
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
easy and beautiful
easy to grow and beautiful in the yard
May 5, 2017
7 months ago
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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
7 months ago
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So far so good. I just planted them and the tops are leafing out. My fingers are crossed!
May 11, 2017
3 months ago
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Nice bushes.
Growing beautifully this summer..will know more after a Vermont winter.
July 5, 2017
7 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
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

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

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Winter Red Winterberry 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 Winterberry 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 Winterberry Holly again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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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
Colorful accent against 6 foot white privacy fence
Deborah T on May 18, 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
privacy hedge & color
Rodney M on May 26, 2017
To make a line between our property and the neighbors.
Deborah R on May 11, 2017
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.
Can you prune these to keep them small?
Christe S on Apr 19, 2017
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 .
Will the deer eat this this plant?
Joseph on Apr 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We don't have deer in town here. ..but the Rabbits eat it till there is almost no leaves left where I live.
My Winter Red Holly is potted and indoors facing Southwest and in a sunny location. It's leaves have turned brown and are dropping. I want to plant it outdoors next Spring. I potted it indoors to protect it from this upcoming harsh winter weather. I want to have it outdoors on my balcony for a privacy screen. What should I do to make sure it lasts and thrives? Help please. Thank you.
Kat D on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There could be a number of reasons why its dropping it leaves. The Winter Red Holly is deciduous that will lose it leaves in the winter. It could be over/under watering. Also it could be too close to a heater.
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 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 ;)
Does this plant actually survive minnesota winters?
Karen R on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Nearly all winterberry is safe in the southern half (Zone 4) and a bit north. Two I'm aware of, 'Early Bright' (female) and 'Southern Gentleman' (male) will grow in Zone 3, but they don't bloom at the same time so that's not much help. There may be other female cultivars I'm unfamiliar with that can survive Zone 3 and be pollinated by 'Southern Gentleman'. Winterberry roots grow fairly near the surface compared to many other shrubs, so it's important to mulch well with pine bark in winter to help protect them from frigid temperatures.
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 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.
Are these plants tolerant to heavy winds?
Monica J on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes once they are established.
If I order 2, will you send 1 male and 1 female ?
Michele J on Jul 17, 2017

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