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Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (Winterberry)

Winterberry 'Red Sprite', Black Alder 'Red Sprite', Feverbark 'Red Sprite', Swamp Winterberry 'Red Sprite'


Native to the swampy areas of Eastern North America, Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (Winterberry) is a dwarf shrub with excellent year round interest. This deciduous holly produces abundant small greenish-white flowers in late spring or early summer that are followed by a profusion of bright red 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 in elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. 'Red Sprite' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator to produce the attractive red berries. Generally, one male winterberry will be sufficient for pollinating 9-10 female plants.

  • Slow growing, this deciduous shrub enjoys 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.
  • Winner of the Cary Award, which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, are winter hardy in zone 5 or colder and are pest resistant.
  • 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 specimen plant, hedges or for foundation plantings. Excellent shrub for wet soils and along streams or ponds. The red fruited-branches make lovely home decorations
  • Prune to shape in early spring just before new growth appears
  • Native to Eastern North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 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 (Early,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Small Gardens
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, 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 (Early,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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