Winterberry shrub with its bright red berries
The Winterberry is a species of holly and is best planted in Autumn. Although it loses its green leaves in Autumn, bright red berries will form in winter, creating a spectacular look. Other names: Black Alder, Coralberry
Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata
Nom Français: Houx verticillé


Bloom colour: Green | Red
Pollinators: Birds
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial | Shrub
Height: Up to 9+ feet (3.5 meters)
It grows well in hardiness zones:


Swampy woods and thickets, peat lands, edge of woods.
Water requirement: Need for lots of water.
Likes rich, well-drained soils but is suitable for moist soils such as along streams or ponds.


Requires one male tree per planting to produce berries on female trees. Easily transplanted. Will become chlorotic on high pH soils but will tolerate slightly basic soils. May be salt tolerant. Leaves turn black in the fall (hence the name Black-leaved Alder.)
Tall, upright shrub with multiple stems. Oval or round top. Bright red berries in winter, whitish flowers in spring.


Spread: As wide as tall. Suckers to form thickets.


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