Winterberry 12-18" Seedlings

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Winterberry 12-18" Seedlings

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Ilex verticillata

Winterberry is a highly adaptable shrub which is loved by many songbirds and small mammals.  Exhibiting dark green foliage, in early summer it produces inconspicuous white flowers on the densely branched stems.  Brilliant red berries offset the 2-3” leaves in late summer.  Berries may remain on the plant into winter. Winterberry is suitable for hedges, rain gardens and specimen plants in the landscape. Prefers acidic soil. For proper pollination, be sure to plant a minimum of three Winterberry shrubs.  Be advised the fruits of Winterberry are poisonous to humans.   

  • Zones
    3 to 9
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    3-12' Height and 3-12' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Slow - 6-12" per year
  • Moisture Requirements
    Average soils to moist soils

Product questions

  • Mark Heindel
    Apr 21, 2019, 18:29

    Will deer eat the twigs in winter?

    Apr 22, 2019, 12:19

    Winterberry is not a preferred browsing source for deer. With that said, if deer go into survival mode, they will expand their food sources greatly and could choose this plant during a hard winter.

  • Alex
    Apr 18, 2019, 19:11

    Do you know why cultivar these are? Or are these the typical native type?

    Apr 22, 2019, 12:20

    The Winterberry we sell are native species with no specific cultivar. Thank you for the question!

  • chad
    Feb 1, 2019, 15:27

    Can I specify how many female and male plants I receive. I would like to order 9 female and 3 male. Can you provide specific gender quantities? Thanks.

    Feb 1, 2019, 15:46

    Thank you for this question. Because the gender will have not been determined for the winterberry seedlings, we are unable to fulfill specific quantity requests for male or female plants.

  • Lorie Ambrose
    Jan 19, 2018, 16:49

    Ilex are male and female. How do I know if I am getting both from your seedlings?

    Jan 22, 2018, 10:25

    Because the Winterberry plants are either male or female, we recommend planting a minimum of 3 of the plants, preferably more, for proper pollination.

The Winterberry is also sometimes known as the Canada Holly, Michigan Holly, or Swamp Holly. 

The Winterberry is easy to grow, and generally pest and disease free. At least one male plant must be planted in the vicinity of female plants for them to bear fruit. Since the sex of the plant is not able to be determined as a small seedling, we encourage you to purchase multiples (3 or more) of Winterberry to increase your chances or receiving a mix of male and female plants for proper pollination. 


The fruit from the Winterberry is eaten by at least 48 different species of birds, and is particularly important to the American Robin. Moose, deer, snowshoe hare and cottontail rabbits will browse the leaves and stems of the Winterberry on occasion.

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