Ilex – Little Goblin® Guy – Winterberry Holly – Ilex verticillata

Garden Height
36 - 48
36 - 48
36 - 48
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun, Sun
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Attracts: Bees

Resists: Deer

Bog Plant

Fun Facts All hollies are dioecious - male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. In order to get showy berries on the female hollies, at least one male plant is required. One male will provide enough pollen for 5-7 female holly plants, and it should be planted within 50' (15.24 m) of the female(s), as this is the distance that you can reasonably expect a pollinating insect to fly.

Native to North America

Salt Tolerant

Maintenance Notes

This plant should rarely require pruning. If it does, it can be pruned immediately after blooming. Plant one Little Goblin Guy holly for up to 5 Little Goblin Red or Little Goblin Orange hollies. Please see our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly for more information.

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Blooms On Old Wood

Bloom Time

Flower Form Landscape, Mass Planting

pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9

Fertilization 150 - 300

Light Requirements Medium, High

Water Requirements Dry to Moderate

Pinching and Growth Regulators

Pinch pruning will produce a very full product similar in body to an Itea, versus traditional shearing which produces a tall vase shaped product and typically takes an additional season to produce.

Pest and Disease Management


Grower Tips

Use Ilex 'Jim Dandy' as the male pollinator for verticillata

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