- Mature Height:
- 6-10 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'
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Cold-Hardy Male Pollinator for Winterberry Holly
This Southern Gentleman with have other Hollies Seeing Red
…beautiful red berries, that is!
If you’re looking for a splash of red during drab winter months, then purchasing this Southern Gentleman Holly (and a female holly bush if you don’t have one) is the first step. Known botanically as ilex verticillata, the Southern Gentleman Holly is the male counterpart to the female winterberry bush known for her attractive red berries in the colder months.
Love is in the Air with a Holly Pair
It's not necessary to have the female equivalent of the Southern Gentleman Holly, but together, they make an elegant spectacle. The Southern Gentleman Holly is dioecious, which means male and female flowers are on separate plants. That's why it's advised that the male and females be no more than 50 feet apart from each other. All you need is one Southern Gentleman Holly bush for every 5 to 10 female plants if you want a spectacular crop of beautiful berries. You'll find that the Southern Gentleman is the perfect suitor with female winterberry bushes such as the sparkleberry, the ever-popular winter red and other later blooming holly varieties.
Don’t Be Fooled - He’s Pretty Handsome Too
Enough talk about the flashy female counterparts - let's discuss what makes this male winterberry bush so debonair. The medium emerald colored elliptical leaves are slightly toothed and rather soft to the touch. When the plant is blooming in the spring it features petite, white flowers with a slight hint of yellow. In fact, by examining the stamens you can distinguish the males from the females. The winterberry ‘fellows’ have projected stamens while the ‘ladies’ stamens have a rounded bump at the center.
Places to Show Off This Fetching Fellow
Given its love of wet areas, this holly bush does quite well close to ponds, streams and even near downspouts if the area is well-drained. When planted closely, they make an excellent shrub border, hedge line or an avian garden since birds love them.
What makes the plants here so unique is the ‘no bare root shipping’ policy. Your plant arrives with soil that protects the roots so it will continue to provide nutrients. You don’t have to deal with complicated cutting or soaking of the roots before planting either since it has a healthy root system that’s ready to thrive in your yard.
Look Forward to Autumn and Winter This Year
When autumn rolls around, the foliage becomes an absolute head turner. The colors of the leaves transform from green to yellow and then to a deep red / purple, and changes to a bronze hue after the first hard frost of the season.
Again, if you have a female, she will bear some spectacular red holly berries that birds love to devour in the wintertime when food sources are scarce. Plus, if you're into crafts, these sprigs of berries can also be plucked to create amazing, eye-catching holiday arrangements your friends and family will adore.
Gardening Time Is Minimal
The Southern Gentleman Holly enjoys being in areas that are moist, yet well-drained, and they do excellent in full sunny areas to partially shaded locations. Plus, it’s quite hardy and can withstand climates as low as -35°F. When it comes to pruning, it's advised to eliminate branches at the ground level that are crisscrossing or rubbing together. Furthermore, if it’s getting too tall, you can trim it to make it a smaller bush. Requiring little to no maintenance, this is a popular pick for those who are looking for a beautiful plant that’s easy to manage.
Brighten you Landscape with the Perfect Southern Gentleman Today
Choose this fine fellow for your female winterberry holly bushes and enjoy beautiful bright berries from winter through early spring. Order now for fast delivery right to your home.
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|
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!|