Holly - Winterberry

Ilex verticillata


USPP 28,938; CBR 5935

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Close up of orange red Little Goblin Orange winterberry holly berries
  • Native to North America
  • Colorful in winter
  • Compact habit

Amazing color on a dwarf plant. Little Goblin® Orange winterberry holly is early flowering and therefore early fruiting, with abundant bright orange berries on a waist-high plant. Its compact habit makes it ideal for residential landscapes and mass plantings at commercial sites. Developed by Dr. Thomas Ranney of NCSU. For berries on this female selection, a male pollinator is required; use Little Goblin® Guy winterberry holly. Fruit is not edible.

USDA Zone 3 - 9 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 3 - 4'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time 1.5 seasons

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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

Pruning 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.

Uses 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.