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Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Spravy'

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Berry Heavy Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Spravy'

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Botanical Name

Ilex verticillata 'Spravy'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Berry Heavy® Winterberry carries a wonderful crop of bright-red berries in fall and early winter, which decorate the bare branches and bring lots of color to a quiet time in the garden. It is hardy across all the country, even in zone 3, and the berries glow like fire against the winter snow. This shrub grows between 6 and 8 feet tall, and develops into a broad clump, ideal for background planting. Use it along the edges of woodlands, as an informal lower screen, and among other shrubs in the garden or around the house. The branches can be cut and brought indoors for decoration over the holiday season, and later the berries become valuable winter food for wild birds. This easy shrub is perfect for extending the season of color in your garden.

  • Laden with bright-red berries in fall and winter
  • Easily grown deciduous shrub with yellow fall leaves
  • Great choice for wet areas, and around water
  • Grows in ordinary garden conditions in sun or part shade
  • American native plant for natural gardens and wildlife
  • Plant a male bush, like Southern Gentleman for a good berry crop

The Berry Heavy® Winterberry will grow in a wide range of soils, from ordinary garden soil to wet soil along streams or around ponds. It grows in full sun or partial shade, preferring afternoon shade in hot zones. It has no pests or diseases, and apart from some water during dry spells, it needs no special care. It can be pruned in early spring to keep it vigorous by removing some of the oldest branches right at ground level. New shoots will quickly grow up to replace them. Always plant a male bush — we recommend the Southern Gentleman Winterberry, or Jim Dandy Winterberry — to give you a full berry crop.