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Winter Red Winterberry Holly ShrubIlex verticillata 'Winter Red'

35 reviews
  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub
  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub

    In fall Winter Red Winterberry develops it's colorful fruit.

  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub

    Once it's leaves fall the bright red berries pop in the winter landscape.

  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub
  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub

    This is our 3 gallon Winter Red Winterberry with thick trunks and fruiting in winter.

  • Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub

    Winter Red Winterberry is a female shrub, it will need a male pollinator to produce fruit.

* Images shown are of mature plants

Winter Red Winterberry Holly ShrubIlex verticillata 'Winter Red'

35 reviews
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  • 3 Gallon
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Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub 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.

The Cold Hardiest of All Holly Varieties

Why Winter Red Winterberry Hollies?

Breaking the stereotypes that suggest hollies will only flourish in the south, the Winter Red Winterberry Holly has an extremely high tolerance for freezing temperatures as well as heavy layers of ice and snow. It truly lives up to its name and not only survives, but flourishes.

Every fall, these deciduous Winter Reds develop vibrant red berries that pop against the green foliage and stay throughout the season, even after the leaves drop. They glow in the landscape, providing bursts of color in the empty winter countryside. New growth emerges dark burgundy in the spring before maturing to signature green, imparting further visual interest.

Plus, Winter Red Hollies are compact shrubs, so they’ll fit perfectly as ornamental shrubs in smaller areas. They’re perfect for accenting gardens and framing porches, or planting in a row for a dense privacy screen. And though you do need an Apollo Winterberry to pollinate your Winter Red, planting and growing are simple.

Why is Better

Aside from the good looks and easygoing growth of our Winter Red Winterberry, you get proven performance, year over year. At our nursery, we’ve planted and grown each Winterberry Holly with the utmost care. That means high-quality benefits once it arrives to your door, along with consistent results from season to season.

So, why wait? Get the classic, stunning growth and no-hassle care of the Winter Red in your own landscape. Order your Winter Red Holly today!

Pollination Info

Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub Pollination

This holly is a female-only cultivar that requires the presence of a male holly in the same area in order to produce berries.

Try the Apollo or the Southern Gentleman Winterberry as a compainion to your Winter Red.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Choose a location where your Winter Red 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 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.

3. Fertilizing: Winter Reds do not typically need to be fertilized unless they’re growing more slowly 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.

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: Slow
Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'
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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Ronald S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Grows Fast

A very fast grower

Susan R.
United States United States
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Winter Red Winterberry Holly Shrub

The shrub was very healthy when it arrived. Because of our winter weather here in NW PA, we had to wait almost two weeks to plant the shrub,along with other plants. It appears to be thriving and we can't wait to see how it looks come next winter.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Good choice

Very easy ordering on line and super fast delivery. The packaging was great and we had them dug in within a week. They are leafing out beautifully so I am excited for next year when they should berry up. The 3 gallon size is perfect for the back of my garden. I’m always looking for winter interest in zone 8/9 . If I need more plants, I will certainly look to Fast growing trees.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Red winterberry Holly

I suppose I did not read the description adequately. I was expecting a more traditional evergreen holly. That said I am sure once I plant it and it leaf’s out I will be pleased. However, I did not realize beforehand that I will also need to purchase a different variety for this holly to have those beautiful clusters of red berries, the reason I was attracted to this shrub. Had I been advised in advance I would have ordered it at the same time. Now that companion shrub is out of stock. I will have to wait for the Apollo (I think that was the name of it) to be in inventory before I can order it.


If you live in a woodsy area, you likely have pollinators around that will pollinate your tree. If not, we would recommend the Apollo!

United States United States
I recommend this product

Winter with color

Love the shape of plant when delivered! Can’t wait to see plants in summer, very excited Thanks Velma