<i>Ilex verticillata</i> 'Winter Red'<br>Winter Red Winterberry
<i>Ilex verticillata</i> 'Winter Red'<br>Winter Red Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'
Winter Red Winterberry

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Winter Red Winterberry
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

‘Winter Red’ will be the star of your winter landscape. Whether backed by glistening white snow or gray skies, these berry-covered branches will have your full attention. This selection was chosen because of it’s an extremely heavy crop of large, bright red fruits that lasted longer through the winter than was typical for winterberry. The foliage is a deep, dark green and the fruit set is heavy even on young plants. We recommend Ilex ‘Southern Gentlemen’ as a pollinator for this female plant. This plant was selected by Bob Simpson of Simpson Nursery, Indiana.


  • ‘Winter Red’ is the best-selling deciduous holly across the country
  • Selected for its outstanding fruit, larger and far more prolific than others
  • Small flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects
  • Large, red fruits attract a wide variety of songbirds
  • Tolerant of poorly drained, wet sites
  • Great for holiday decorating!

Native Range

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

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)

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. ‘Winter Red’ is a female plant so, plant a male like Ilex ‘Southern Gentleman' or ‘Apollo’ near it. One male plant can pollinate many 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 new growth begins.


Mature Size: 8-10ft. Tall x 7-8 ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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