This is a deciduous shrub that is very easy to grow with very few disease or incest problems. This shrub tend to be as wide as what it is tall and its stems are typical a dark brown with a gray overtone. The leaves are approximately 3-inches long, toothed and pointed. The coloration of Winterberry leaves can vary from a very light to a very dark green but they all turn a warm shade of yellow in the fall. This shrub flowers during the summer months and then brilliant red berries appear as autumn sets in. These berries stay throughout the winter months and attract a wide variety of birds. This shrub is dioecious, so it is best to put one male plant within a cluster of female shrubs. The Winterberry shrub occurs naturally in swamps and wet lands but it can grow easily in evenly moist, acid soils. This colorful shrub can be massed together for a natural look or it can stand alone in a formal garden.
Mature Height- 6-15 feet tall
Mature Width- 6-15 feet tall
Growth/year- 5-6 feet
Sunlight- full sun to partial shade
Soil conditions- evenly moist, acid soils
Botanical name- Ilex Verticillata
The winterberry is one of the most common plants in all of America and can be seen anywhere if you know what it looks like. This lovely shrub can grow in most garden or home soils if properly watered. The plant prefers partial or full sunlight. The plants come in male and female. The plant has beautiful red berries that show in the fall and winter months. This plant is one of the worlds most adapting plants and is sure to grow in our garden. This plant is a fast grower and loves to thrive well in warmer climates but can survive in colder ones too.