Winterberry Holly (Male) (Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentlemen')

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Item #:602446

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Deciduous North American shrub
Description: Produces male flowers for pollinating female, berry producing plants; dark green foliage turns yellow in autumn
Habit: Grows 6 to 10 feet tall and wide, suckering
Culture: Prefers moist, acidic soils high in organic matter and full sun to part shade
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: North America
Attributes: Rain garden

This native shrub, also known as 'black alder', ranges from Newfoundland to Minnesota, south to Georgia and Tennessee and is typically found in swamps and by ponds. It was introduced to European gardens in 1736. The fruits are highly ornamental and edible to birds and wildlife. Garden historian Ann Leighton believes this is the "Red Berry" George Washington looked for when riding out to find movable shrubs and trees for Mount Vernon. The shrub was initially given the name Prinos verticillatus by Carolus Linaeus, indicating that this is the species Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed as "Ilex prinoides-Deciduous Holly" in The American Gardener's Calendar, 1806. 'Southern Gentleman' can pollinate up to 10 female Winterberry Hollies.

This plant will ship bare-root.

~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.

~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.

~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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Genus Ilex
Species verticillata 'Southern Gentlemen'

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