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Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold (Winterberry)

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Noted for its heavy crop of red berries, Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold (Winterberry) is a useful shrub with excellent year-round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers that are followed by a profusion of big, bright golden berries in fall and winter. Extremely attractive, they enliven the winter landscape and often persist into early spring unless eaten by birds. The foliage consists of elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. Berry Heavy® Gold is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as Mr. Poppins to produce attractive golden berries. A wonderful holly to add color and interest to the winter landscape and attract wildlife.

  • Slow-growing, this deciduous shrub has an upright, rounded habit and grows up to 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm).
  • Full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained, acidic soils. Tolerates poorly drained soils as well as wet boggy conditions. Does poorly in neutral to alkaline soils and often dies.
  • Generally pest and disease free
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders. Perfect as a specimen plant, hedges or for foundation plantings. Excellent shrub for wet soils and along streams or ponds. The gold-fruited branches make lovely home decorations
  • It is best to avoid pruning winterberry hollies – pruning at any time of the year will impact the number of flowers and the quantity of fruit that the plant sets. Little pruning should be required, though very old branches can be removed in early spring if they are no longer producing vigorous growth.
  • Native to Eastern North America

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Winterberry, Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Ilex vomitoria f. pendula (Weeping Yaupon Holly)
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Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)
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Recommended Companion Plants

Ilex verticillata Mr. Poppins® (Winterberry)
Ilex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ (Winterberry)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Aquifoliaceae
Genus Ilex
Common names Winterberry, Holly
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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