Holly - Winterberry

Ilex verticillata


PP#25,835; CBR#5286

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  • Native to North America
  • Space saving
  • Dwarf and compact

Winterberry is unmatched for winter interest, but many homeowners don't have room for a traditional variety. Enter Berry Poppins®: an excellent, heavy fruiting dwarf cultivar. Ideal for those who want bright winter color and fruit for cutting but don't have room for a conventional I. verticillata. It is heavier fruiting than 'Red Sprite'. For berries on this female selection, a male pollinator is required; use Mr. Poppins® winterberry holly. Fruit is not edible.

3 - 9 (-40°F/-40°C)
Full sun, Part sun
3 - 4'
3 - 4'
Finish Time
1.5 seasons
Bloom Time
Flower Color
Foliage Color
Liner Sizes
2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn


Does best in moist (even very moist), slightly acidic soils, but can take average soils as well. Avoid high pH sites.


Winterberry holly blooms on old wood. However, pruning female varieties after blooming will remove any developing fruit, so pruning is not recommended except to remove entire branches in an effort to attain a specific form. Male varieties could be pruned after blooming, however, given the typically slow growth rate of winterberry hollies, pruning is not recommended for them either.


Mass plantings; hedges; cutting gardens; wildlife gardens; natural areas.

Growing Tips

One male plant will pollinate up to five females. Plant within about 50'/15.25m of one another to ensure pollination and good fruit set. Quite tolerant of shaded conditions; however, fruit set is best with at least 4 hours of sun each day.