Holly - Winterberry

Ilex verticillata


USPP 25,834; CBR 5287

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Close up of green foliage of male pollinator Mr Poppins winterberry holly
  • Native to North America
  • Space saving
  • Dwarf and compact

Mr. Poppins® is a compact male selection, the ideal pollinator for Berry Poppins® and other early winterberry holly. Space-saving dwarf variety allows it to be tucked away in the landscape. Note: this male cultivar will not bear fruit but is essential for pollinating female varieties.

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, flowering and fruit set is best with at least 4 hours of sun each day.