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Southern Gentleman WinterberryIlex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

8 reviews
  • Southern Gentleman Winterberry
  • Southern Gentleman Winterberry

    These white flowers will pollinate our Winter Red Winterberry so the Winter Red will produce berries..

  • Southern Gentleman Winterberry
  • Southern Gentleman Winterberry

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Southern Gentleman WinterberryIlex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

8 reviews
Shrubs & Hedges
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  • 2 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
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Southern Gentleman Winterberry Care

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plant sunlight

Sunlight Plant your Holly in an area with full to partial sun - at least 4 hours of sunlight daily.

plant watering

Watering Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Water when the soil is dry 2-3 inches down.

plant fertilizing

Fertilizing Fertilization isn't required for your Holly, but you can apply an evergreen fertilizer in the spring as needed.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Pollination Info

Southern Gentleman Winterberry Pollination

This holly is a male-only cultivar and will not produce berries. Plant to enjoy the wonderful foliage and flowers, or to pollinate other female hollies on your property.

Planting and Care

1. Planting: Choose a location where your holly will receive full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and well-drained soil. If you’re in an area where hot, dry summers are common, provide your plant with partial shade in the afternoon.

Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice the width. Amend the soil with acid-rich compost made from organic matter. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole. Fill the hole surrounding the roots with soil, tamping down firmly. Water your plant to help remove air pockets from the soil.

2. Watering: Water your holly regularly after planting, 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.

3. Fertilizing: Winterberries do not typically need to be fertilized unless they’re growing more slowly than normal. If this is the case, apply an evergreen-specific fertilizer in spring around the base of the plant. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the label for optimum performance.

4. 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 with alcohol.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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 $129 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 6-8 ft.
Mature Width: 6-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full-Partial
Growth Rate: Moderate
Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'
Does Not Ship To: AZ,OR
Grows Well In Zones: 3-9 outdoors
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3-9 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 3-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -30℉)

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Donna A.
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Male Winterberry

Nice healthy plant. Planted close to my female Winterberry, hoping for berries!

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winter delivery

the plants arrived well packaged; they were planted w/in days. waiting to see how they survive the winter

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Beautiful, Healthy Specimens

The shrubs are lush and beautiful. They are the size indicated and shipped with effective care. They are thriving in their new home and are a wonderful addition to a previously unruly area of my property.

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Very quick to acclimate

I'm a research biologist, so I'm very picky at the plant nursery and almost never order garden plants online. That said, I received the specimen in very healthy condition only a few days ago. It was planted the day it was received and is doing extremely well...almost too well. A week later, the leaves are strong with new branch and leaf growth. I'm confident it will pollinate the winter berry w/o issue. I'm so impressed I ordered some trees from fast growing trees to replace the invasive cultivars planted by the previous homeowner.

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Winterberry, Southern Gentleman

Received in great shape, well packaged. Will have to see how he does til next season.