Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉)
This plant may not thrive in your area
- Mature Height:
- 12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 12 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Ilex verticillata 'Apollo'
- Does Not Ship To:
Get Holly Berries Using Apollo
Why Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrubs?
Planted to pollinate female Winter Red Winterberries, the Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub is essential for enjoying the classic, festive berries you've come to love. And while Apollo doesn’t produce the showy red berries, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy that timeless red winter ornamental without it.
And you only have to plant one Apollo for every six Winter Reds. 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.
Plus, it withstands cold and heat. Apollos don’t mind freezing temperatures. In fact, they can survive in -10 degrees. But it also grows without problems as far south as Florida.
Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better
For starters, our Apollo Winterberry adapts to your environment with ease. From sandy to dry to wet soils, polluted or salty air, and shade or sun...it will continue to grow and bloom. And it does have beautiful flowers and leaves - creamy white flowers form in clusters all over this holly berry bush in late spring, and its dense foliage makes the perfect barrier.
But the best part? We've planted, grown and shipped our Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub with absolute care. And now, you reap the rewards of our hard work at the nursery without any effort on your part. No need to visit big box since you'll have a well-rooted, healthy variety shipped right to your door.
Build your own sanctuary with the help of the Apollo Holly. Order now, and we’ll ship right to your door!
Customer Reviews & Photos
I got the Pr of Apollo & Winter Holly Berry Bushes for a Friend
Easy to choose from your shrub offerings & descriptions; I was pleased with your straightforward website & ordering procedure. My friend was thrilled with the quick delivery and healthy, lovely bushes.
Wait until spring.
I will have to wait and see how it does over the winter.
Very happy in a damp shady spot
I have had a lot of trouble finding a shrub that will thrive in an area with lots of moisture and only about 2 hours of early morning sun. I did a lot of research before buying this shrub and so far it’s doing really well. It’s putting on new leaves every day.
Tiny and very weak
The plant I received was a tiny, budless stick. Part of the plant had broken off in shipment (box was delivered upside down so the plant had fallen in box to the bottom, on it's head breaking the plant in half). Unfortunately, I had high hopes for this plant to pollinate my female winterberry, but because of it being delivered so small and broken it never took off. Had to pull it out. Will definitely try again but probably not order such a small plant online. Best to buy this locally or maybe a larger sized plant w/ more stems to ensure success.
We're so sorry to hear this! Definitely let us know right away whenever your plants arrive damaged so we can cover it. Please reach out to us with any photos you may have and we'll be happy to help!
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
Planting & Care
1. Planting: The Ilex verticillata, commonly called the Apollo Holly, grows best in full sunlight or partial shade. The plant also tolerates well-draining, average soil.
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.
2. Watering: Water the Apollo Holly 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, your natural rainfall will be sufficient, except in times of extreme heat.
3. Fertilizing: Fertilize the Apollo Holly in the early spring or fall using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for ratio requirements.
4. Pruning: Prune the Apollo Holly Shrub in the fall or winter during non-growth periods. And remove any broken or dead branches. The plant spreads through root suckers, so to control growth, the suckers should be pruned away or dug up.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$99.00 +||FREE SHIPPING with code JAN99!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zone 6||Week of March 30th|
|Zones 7 - 11||Ships Now!|