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Ilex verticillata Red Sprite

Red Sprite Winterberry (female) (Red Sprite Black Alder)

A female selection producing large, bright red berries showcased against the dark green foliage. It requires a male pollinator.

  • »  Flowers are white and inconspicuous
  • »  Large, bright red berries persist into the winter
  • »  Dark green, glossy leaves turn yellow in the fall
  • »  Suckering occasionally, it produces an oval shrub
  • »  Requires 'Jim Dandy' for pollination
  • »  Bloom Time: June to July

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  • Category:Shrubs
  • Hardiness Zone:4
  • Height:100-125 cm
  • Spread:100-125 cm
  • Bloom Color: White
Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Birds
Growth Rate
Medium
Attributes
Berries
Deciduous
Fall Color
Fruit
Salt Tolerant
Flowering Time
Spring
Habit
Compact
Dwarf
Oval
Foliage Color
Green (dark)
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

Although winterberry will tolerate some shade, fruit production is best in sunny locations. Winterberry will tolerate a range of soil types and moistures. Ilex verticillata plants are dioecious (plants are either male or female). One male winterberry plant will effectively pollinate up to six female plants.