Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'
Red Sprite Winterberry

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Red Sprite Winterberry
Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

This female, winterberry was selected for its large berries and compact habit. This is a deciduous holly that drops it leaves in autumn. The ripe berries are extremely attractive in fall and winter and they attract a wide variety of songbirds. Winterberry is lovely planted in groups, in foundation plantings, borders, bird gardens, as informal hedges and an excellent choice for wet soils. ‘Red Sprite’ was discovered in the wild near Hampden Nursery, Hampden Massachusetts by P.A. Siebaldi. The Holly Society of America choose ‘Red Sprite’ as Holly of the Year in 2010.


Named Holly of the Year in 2010
Small flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects
Large, red fruits attracts a wide variety of songbirds
This dwarf selection is perfect for smaller gardens
Tolerant of poorly drained, wet sites
Great for holiday decorating!

Native Range

Found in swamps, stream, river banks and near lakes and ponds.

Interesting Facts

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. ‘Red Sprite’ is a female plant so, plant a male like Ilex ‘Jim Dandy’ or 'Apollo' near it. One male plant can pollinate 9-10 female plants. 


Adaptable to both light and heavy soils, but prefers moist, acidic, organic loams in full sun to light shade. Good tolerance for poorly drained soils including wet boggy or swampy conditions. Prune to shape in early spring just before the new growth begins.

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 3-4ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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