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Apollo Winterberry Holly

Apollo Winterberry Holly
Images shown are of mature plants
Regular price $19.95 Sale price
  • 1 Quart $19.95
  • 2 Gallon $39.95

Product Details

Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -10℉) 
      5-9 outdoors
   Map 5-9 outdoors
Mature Height:
12 ft.
Mature Width:
12 ft.
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Ilex verticulatta "Apollo'
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Product Description

Without Apollo, There’d be No Holly Berries

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 -10 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. Heartily sprouting in high humidity.

Adapts to Your Environment with Ease
Apollos thrive in most conditions. From sandy to dry to wet soils...polluted or salty air...shade or sun...even submerged in six inches of water!

It will continue to grow and bloom.

This is one very dependable plant. No matter your landscape, just add a little water, and it will continue to be a fundamental feature in your garden.

Apollo Holly may not have berries, but it does have beautiful flowers and leaves. Creamy white flowers form in clusters all over this holly berry bush in late spring. And its green leaves fade—yellow to orange to red from stem to tip—capturing all the colors of fall.

Apollos showoff burgundy red stems and plum-purple leaves as new branches grow—giving it a subtle yet pretty arrangement of color most of the year.

Take in the array of color and simple beauty of this holly shrub.

Your Wildlife Loving Holly
This male winterberry is nature’s best friend. Bees love to take in its pollen to create honey and share the wealth with nearby female hollies. The Apollo is also a friend to other winged animals—birds easily build nests and raise their young hidden within the twiggy branches of the bush.

Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy the flora and the fauna without ever having to leave home thanks to this amazing Holly.

Your Best Bet for a Background Plant or Hedge
This holly berry shrub grows 12 ft. tall and just as wide. Anchor your garden bed by planting the Apollo at the farthest edge. Round it out for a modern or contemporary look. Let it grow wildly. Sprawling. Connecting your manicured garden to the edge of the forest.

Divide your property from the neighbors with a mass planting of hollies. Apollos love to connect with one another—forming a dense barrier. It will give you privacy and the peace of mind you hope for.

You can also divide up sections—creating separate outdoor living spaces to enhance the hominess of your yard.

Build your own sanctuary with the help of the Apollo Holly.  Order now and we’ll ship right to your door!

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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!

Shaun Davis


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

Mathilda Reinhardt

Arrived nice and healthy

I was very impressed how quickly my order was on my doorstep. The plant was very fresh and even had flowers blooming on the stems! I would be most happy ordering from you again.

Bill Drevenik

Happy Holly.

This guy got a late start but came back strong. He seems healthy and happy with his new Winter Red girlfriend. Not shy at all.

Andrea Hughie

so far so good

It's a young plant so at this point in time I can't give a review yet but it is healthy. I purchased the apollo winterberry holly to pollinate my red winterberry hollies.

Planting & Care

Location:  The Ilex verticillata, commonly called the Apollo holly, is the male hybrid winterberry holly plant that is chiefly used as a pollinator for the Ilex verticillata and the Ilex serrata cultivars. When used as a pollinator, the Apollo Holly plant should be planted within 50 feet of the female plant to ensure pollination.  One male plant can successfully pollinate three to five female plants.

The Apollo Holly plant grows best in a soil pH of 4.5-7.5 in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8.  The plant grows to a height of 6-12 feet and about the same width, so plant it away from buildings and walkways to provide the shrub with adequate growth room.

Planting Instructions: Plant the Apollo Holly plant in a full sunlight or partial shade. The plant tolerates well-draining, average soil. However, it prefers slightly acidic soil amended with about 10-20% compost or manure for best growth. It can withstand short periods of flooding or drought once established.

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.

Watering -- Water the Apollo Holly plant 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, you should only need to water in times of extended drought or heat. Your natural rainfall will be sufficient.

Fertilizing: Fertilize the Apollo Holly plant in the early spring or fall using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for ratio requirements.

Pruning: Prune the Apollo Holly plant in the fall or winter during non-growth periods.. Remove any broken or dead branches. The plant can be pruned to help shape and maintain its overall size. The plant spreads through root suckers, so to control growth, the suckers should be pruned away or dug up.

Pest and Diseases: The Apollo Holly plant is exceptionally hardy. It suffers from no significant pests or diseases.

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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.

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