Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman' - Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

Also called Southern Gentleman Black Alder

  • Flowers are white and inconspicuous
  • Dark green, glossy leaves turn (occasionally) to purple
  • Suckering profusely, it produces an oval shrub
  • Required as a male pollinator for 'Winter Red'
  • Plant 1 male for every 5-7 females, up to 15 metres away
  • Bloom Time: June to July

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
White

HEIGHT:
175-200 cm

SPREAD:
175-200 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Although winterberry will tolerate some shade, fruit production is best in sunny locations, but do not allow plants to dry out, especially during hot summer droughts.   Ilex verticillata plants are dioecious (plants are either male or female). Any necessary pruning should be done soon after the flowers are finished, but keep in mind that berry production will be diminished.  Branches of berries are decorative and are frequently used in flower arrangements.

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Medium
FLOWERING TIME:
Spring
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Hedge
Specimen