LITTLE GOBLIN® Red

Holly - Winterberry

Ilex verticillata

'NCIV1'

USPP 27,109; CBR 5716

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Compact fruiting Little Goblin Red winterberry holly in landscape Trio of branches covered in extra large red Little Goblin Red winterberries Large red Little Goblin Red winterberries on male hand to show fruit scale
  • Native to North America
  • Colorful in winter
  • Compact habit
Description

Extra-big berries on a dwarf plant. Little Goblin® Red winterberry is a tetraploid selection, which ensures extra big and abundant red berries on a dwarf plant. Its compact size makes it ideal for residential landscapes. 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)
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.