Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Winter Red Winterberry

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Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Winterberry / Holly
  • Parent: Ilex verticillata
  • Related Cultivars:

    Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 6-8'
  • Habit: Oval
  • Culture:

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

  • Notes:

    A selection with dark green foliage and large fruit which remain bright red into late winter. Use the cultivar 'Late Male' as the pollinator.

  • 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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