Growing Zones: 3-9 outdoors(hardy down to -30℉) 3-9 outdoors
- 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 wildlife to perch on the branches and grab a quick snack, causing this shrub to be a must have for wildlife enthusiasts. And though the Winter needs a pollinator to grow the berries, the entire planting process couldn't be easier.
Plus, 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 & Photos
NOT SO FAST!
I’ve had this plant for less than a month. It’s budding nicely but you really have to ask me in 6 months or so.
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!
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.
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.
Growing beautifully this summer..will know more after a Vermont winter.
Planting & Care
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 Apollo 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.
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.
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