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Red Sprite™ Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

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Red Sprite™ Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

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Botanical Name

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Red Sprite Winterberry is a native shrub and a deciduous holly bush, with the famous red berries, but on bare branches. It has a broad, compact form with small glossy leaves that are rich green, turning yellow and sometimes red in fall. The tiny white flowers hidden among the leaves become red berries that decorate your garden in fall and through winter with bright splashes of color. Grow it in beds, beside water, along the edges of woodlands, and in wild gardens.

  • Profuse crop of small bright-red berries in fall and winter
  • Compact shrub for smaller spaces
  • Good choice for wet soil and waterside planting
  • Cold resistant even in zone 3
  • Plant the Jim Dandy Winterberry nearby as a pollinizer

The Red Sprite Winterberry grows best in full sun or partial shade, but it takes some light full shade as well. Moist, acid soils are best, but ordinary garden soil is fine, as long as it is not too dry. It is usually free of pests and diseases, deer don’t bother it too much, and it needs no special care or detailed pruning. For a good berry crop plant a Jim Dandy Winterberry nearby, using one male for no more than 10 Red Sprite Winterberry bushes.

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