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Ilex verticillata Little Goblin® Red (Winterberry)

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Ilex Verticillata Little Goblin® Red, Winterberry Little Goblin® Red, red berries, evergreen shrub, American winterberry, Aquifoliaceae, Berry, holly, Ilex, winter shrub
Ilex Verticillata Little Goblin® Red, Winterberry Little Goblin® Red, red berries, evergreen shrub, American winterberry, Aquifoliaceae, Berry, holly, Ilex, winter shrub

Perfect for small spaces, Ilex verticillata Little Goblin® Red (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year-round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring that are followed by a profusion of bright, extra-large red berries in fall and winter. Particularly 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. Little Goblin® Red is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, such as Little Goblin® Guy to produce attractive red berries.

  • Slow-growing, this deciduous shrub has an upright, rounded habit and grows up to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm). Its modest size makes it ideal for small gardens.
  • 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, bog gardens, rain gardens, and along streams or ponds. The red-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 Holly, Winterberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Ilex decidua (Possumhaw)

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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 Holly, Winterberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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