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Ilex verticillata, ( Winterberry), Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.
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Ilex verticillata

Common Winterberry, Winterberry

In Stock: 3.915 lb (Total:6.092lb)
  • Ilex verticillata

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.

Other: seedlings need shade for their first year , Sporadic germination will occur over a 2-3 year period 

Ilex verticillata, also known as Winterberry or American Winterberry, is a species of holly native to eastern North America. It can be found in the United States and southeast Canada, from Newfoundland to Ontario and Minnesota, and south to Alabama. This deciduous shrub is versatile and can thrive in wetland habitats, as well as on dry sand dunes and grasslands.

One of the standout features of Ilex verticillata is its bright red berries. These quarter-inch fruits appear in the fall and winter, providing a vibrant contrast against the dark green leaves, particularly when surrounded by snow. The berries are not only visually striking but also serve as an important food resource for numerous bird species, such as the American robin.

In addition to its natural beauty, Ilex verticillata has medicinal properties. The bark of this holly species is antiseptic, astringent, cathartic, and tonic. It can be used internally to treat conditions like diarrhea and malaria, and externally to address indolent sores and chronic skin disease. The bark contains approximately 4.8% tannin and is usually harvested in the autumn before the first frost.

This holly species is a popular choice for ornamental gardens due to its midwinter display of bright berries. The bare branches covered in berries are highly sought after for floral arrangements. Ilex verticillata is easy to grow, with very few diseases or pests. Although it thrives in wet acidic soils, it can also adapt well to average garden conditions. There are numerous cultivars available, each offering variations in size, shape, and berry color. It's important to note that at least one male plant must be planted near female plants to ensure proper fruit set.

Overall, Ilex verticillata is a versatile and visually striking holly species that can enhance the beauty of any garden or landscape. Whether you want to attract birds, add a pop of color to your winter garden, or utilize its medicinal properties, Winterberry is a valuable and rewarding plant to consider.

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