Go Back Winterberry ‘Winter Red’

IIex verticillata 'Winter Red'
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Plant Type: Deciduous Shrubs

Female selection with darker green foliage than other species. Abundant, large, bright red fruit, persisting into winter. Will thrive and fruit in shade. ‘Southern Gentleman’ needed for pollination. 1995 Styer Award Winner.

‘Winter Red’ or winterberry is a cultivar deciduous shrub in the Aquifoliaceae (holly) family that grows 6-8 feet tall and wide and is a heavy berry producer when a male plant is nearby. A good male plant to pair it with is ‘Southern Gentleman’ This suckering shrub has a rounded form and provides year-round interest. It is especially attractive in winter as the leaves will drop leaving bright red berries which can persist through winter.

‘Winter Red’ prefers moist to wet organic-rich acidic soil in sun to part shade but is adaptable to to clay soil types. It will tolerate being planted in low areas, along streams and ponds. It can also be used as a hedge, in a rain garden or as a specimen.

Prune this shrub in early spring to the desired shape before new growth appears.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Plant with Southern Gentleman for pollination.

Flower Color

Bright red.

Foliage Color

Dark green to bronze in the fall.

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Winterberry Southern Gentleman.

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

not picky

Characteristics & Attributes


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Critter Resistance



Full sun but will tolerate part shade.

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