Winter Red Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Who says there is no color in winter, and who needs an evergreen when you have this American Native. 'Winter Red' is a shade tolerant female native holly. It produces loads of bright-red berries on a large plant that grows 6 to 9-feet tall and wide. It does need a husband however or better several girls are happy with one ' Southern Gentleman'.
She is certainly the Queen of fruiting shrubs when ranked for ornamental value. From early fall through winter, the branches are covered in bright-red fruits. The fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house.
These plants have multibranches, so clipping a few doesn't take away from the appearance of your mature plants. Or leave the branches for the birds since over 40 species of birds are known to eat the fruit, including: bluebirds, brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, flickers, gray catbirds, mockingbirds and robins. The dense branching also provides shelter, cover and nesting spots for birds.
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