Ilex – Little Goblin® Guy – Winterberry Holly – Ilex verticillata
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
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
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
Use Ilex 'Jim Dandy' as the male pollinator for verticillata