Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman' - Southern Gentleman Winterberry Holly
DESCRIPTIONSouthern Gentleman Winterberry Holly
Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'
This male pollinator for several female varieties of Winterberry including 'Winter Red', has dark, glossy foliage and dense form that makes it a perfect grouping or hedging plant. Although berryless, it does form large thickets that are the favorite nesting area for many songbirds.
- Tolerates both wet and dry soils well
- Upright, rounded growth makes a great hedge
- Nectar is especially important to native bees
- 1 male will pollinate up to 6 female Winterberry plants!
- Dense form is perfect nesting and cover for birds
Wet woods, swamps, and thickets; Newfoundland and Quebec through Ontario to Michigan and Minnesota south to Indiana, Missouri, and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Holly plants are dioecious, meaning that some plants are female and others male and you’ll need both to produce the beautiful, large, red berries.
Grows best in medium to moist, acidic soil, although in full sun to part shade. Tolerates poorly drained soil such as boggy or swampy conditions. Prune to shape in early spring just before new growth begins.