“Winterberry” by Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Winterberry Leaves

Winterberry Holly – 18-24″

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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), also known as Michigan Holly, is primarily a wetland shrub.  It can reach up to 12 feet in height.  It prefers wet to moist soil with very poor to moderate drainage.  It is salt sensitive.  Winterberry transplants well and is fairly resistant to disease and insects.  It is also resistant to compact soils.  The berries have a high wildlife value for waterfowl and songbirds, but are poisonous to humans.  Winterberry needs both male and female plants for berries.

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Product Description


  • Seedling Size:   18-24″
  • Seedling Age:   3-0
  • Mature Height:   5 – 12 feet
  • Mature Width:   5 – 12 feet
  • Soil Type:    Acidic, clay, loamy, sandy, silty loam, well-drained, wide range
  • Moisture:   Dry, moderate or moist
  • Sun:   Full sun, partial shade or shade
  • Growth Rate:   Slow

Key Characteristics of Winterberry

  • In the late spring, small white flowers bloom.
  • Bark is smooth and dark grey.
  • Leaves are simple and obovate with sharply double toothed margins.
  • Bright red berries are produced in the late summer and persist into January.

Visitors Attracted to Winterberry

  • Henry’s elfin butterfly (Callophrys henrici)
  • American robin (Turdus migratorius)
  • Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Help Control Invasives!

Winterberry makes a great alternative to Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), which can compete with native understory plants in natural areas.

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