Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Red Sprite Winterberry

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Winterberry / Holly
  • Parent: Ilex verticillata
  • Related Cultivars:

    Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 3-4'
  • Habit: Oval
  • Culture:

    Requires a neutral to acid soil with adequate moisture. Tolerates wet conditions. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    A compact female selection with glossy foliage and bright red fruit that are larger than the species. Use the male cultivar ÀJim DandyÀ for pollination.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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