Common winterberry is a lovely shrub in the holly family. Unlike other holly’s, Winterberry sheds its leaves each fall, leaving behind clusters of brilliant red berries that serve to feed birds throughout the winter months.
Ilex verticillata grows in many different soil types from dry to wet, and can thrive in full sun or shade, which makes it a highly versatile and ecologically useful plant.
In order for the plants to produce berries you must have both male and female plants in close range, so we recommend planting at least 3-5 of these beautiful shrubs.
Source: grown from seed potentially collected in New Hampshire. Original provenance unknown. Started by New Hampshire State Forest Nursery.
Ilex verticillata (winterberry)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun water needs: average to moist soil height: 3-10' plant spacing: space 4' apart bloom time: June, July, August, September bloom color: yellow
good plant companions
Inkberry, wild raisin, red-twig dogwood
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur. deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)