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Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy' (Winterberry)

Winterberry 'Jim Dandy', Black Alder 'Jim Dandy', Feverbark 'Jim Dandy', Swamp Winterberry 'Jim Dandy'


Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy' (Winterberry) is a dwarf deciduous shrub of upright, rounded habit with elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves that turn purplish green to yellow in fall. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in early to mid-summer, making it a good pollinator for other winterberries. 'Jim Dandy' is a male plant that does not get fruit but will serve to pollinate female varieties such as 'Berry Heavy' or 'Red Sprite' to produce the attractive berries.

  • Slow growing, this deciduous shrub grows up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 4-8 ft. wide (120-240 cm).
  • A 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
  • This plant should rarely require pruning. If it does, prune to shape in early spring just before new growth begins..
  • Native to Eastern North America

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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 Ilex - Hollies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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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.


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 Ilex - Hollies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 48" – 96" (120cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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