Ilex verticillate Berry Heavy
Ilex 'Berry Heavy' photo courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery

Berry Heavy® winterberry holly is a native plant that produces copious amounts of bright red berries that stay on the plant over the winter brightening up the landscape.  The berries can also be cut for use in floral arrangements. For berries on this female selection, a male pollinator is required; use Mr. Poppins® winterberry holly. Fruit is not edible.

  • Height: 1.8-2.4 m (6-8 ft)
  • Spread: 1.8-2.4 m (6-8 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: full to part sun
  • Bloom Time: spring
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Winterberries naturally grow in, and therefore prefer, wet acidic soil, but they can handle the well-drained soil found in most gardens. They grow well in either full sun or partial shade.Pruning should be done immediately after blooming. Plant one 'Mr Poppins' holly for up to 5 Berry Heavy hollies. The plants can be up to 15 meters apart.