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Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’

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Late flowering female cultivar, Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' has dark green leaves and masses of vivid red berries in autumn popular with birds. Initially, the colourful fruit stand out well against the green foliage and then stay on the branches as the leaves fall.

Mix several red and yellow female hollies with a single male for a fantastic, colour autumn display.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (60 - 80 cm tall)

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Ilex verticillata  ‘Winter Red’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex verticillata  ‘Winter Red’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Ilex verticillata  ‘Winter Red’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Moist, lime-free fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Medium sized branching, rounded shrub.
Height: 2.5 m (8 ft) - 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)

Important: Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' requires a nearby male Ilex verticillata for pollination. Without one, it will not produce any berries. Ideal companion is the male Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'.

Plant Finder: about Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’

Common names

Winterberry 'Winter Red'


Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (Winterberry 'Winter Red'). This winterberry has masses of bright red berries produced in late autumn, which are retained on the tree in winter. Glossy dark green leaves turn yellow in the autumn before dropping. Inconspicuous white flowers are produced in May.


These plants prefer acid soils and need to be planted near a male Ilex verticillata to produce fruit.

Interest and use

Foliage interest in summer and autumn. Striking red berries in winter. Can be used for hedging and planted in borders with moist soil eg) near streams.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Ilex verticillata  ‘Winter Red’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -39°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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