Ilex – Little Goblin® Orange – 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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Resists: Deer

Bog Plant

Fun Facts Birds do eat the fruit of winterberry holly, but usually not until it has been softened by cold for several weeks. This means that you can usually enjoy the berry display until at least mid-January.

Native to North America

Winter Interest

Salt Tolerant

Small / Miniature

Maintenance Notes

For complete details on growing and getting berries on winterberry holly, please visit our Ultimate Guide to Winterberry Holly.

One male plant will pollinate up to 5 female plants; plant within 50' of one another to assure good pollination. Adaptable to wet soils, does well in light and heavy soils. First class pick for planting in saturated areas. It is best to avoid pruning winterberry hollies, except to remove whole branches for cut flowers or other decorating. Regular pruning or cutting back, however, 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. According to the Humane Society of America Ilex berries can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

Uses Notes PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need Little Goblin® Guy

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Blooms On Old Wood

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point

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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