Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' - Winter Red Winterberry Holly
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 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!
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)
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.