Ilex verticillata 'Sparkleberry'

Sparkleberry Winterberry

$22.90 | 7 G | 10 Avail. | $61.00

7 G Weight: 85.0 lb

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Sparkleberry Winterberry is a slow-growing upright deciduous shrub with a rounded habit and luscious dark green foliage that turns yellow-green bronze in fall.  As a female cultivar, Sparkleberry produces heavy amounts of glossy bright red berries if pollinated that can persist into spring.   Best planted in moist,  slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Hollies are dioecious and need both male and female plants to produce fruit.

Ilex verticillata is a native food source for several animals and pollinators, and acts as a host for various moths and the Henry's Elfin Butterfly.  While the wildlife enjoys the berries they are toxic to humans.




6' - 10'


6’ - 10'



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9


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MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Water regularly.   Well-drained soils essential.   Potential issues include mites, scale, leaf spot, rot, and mildew.  Susceptible to leaf scorch or drop if not protected from afternoon sun in hotter climates.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens Wildlife GardensPrivacy Screen, Foundation Plantings, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Azalea, Camellia, Hydrangea

IMAGE: Photo by David J. Stang, Ilex verticillata Sparkleberry 2zzCC BY-SA 4.0

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