Ilex verticillata--Michigan Holly, Winterberry

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Ilex verticillata--Michigan Holly, Winterberry

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Winterberry's bright red berries provide color in early winter after the leaves have fallen off. The plant grows in sun or partial shade and a rich, well drained soil, though it tolerates swampy areas. It grows 6 to 8 feet tall, spreads 3 to 5 feet and grows slowly. Winterberry is dioecious, so both male and female plants are needed for fruit production. The fruits are often eaten by birds.

Cultivars include: 'chrysocarpa'--yellow fruits; 'fastigiata'--narrow, upright; 'nana'--3 1/2 feet tall, large fruits; 'Winter Red'--dense branching, dark foliage, heavy fruit production.

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