WINTERBERRIES ARE WONDERFUL FOR HOLIDAY DECORATING AND A GREAT FOOD SOURCE FOR BIRDS
Vineyard Gardens carries a large selection of Winterberry plants and cut Winterberry. Starting this week Christmas Trees, wreaths, roping and cut greens will all be available.
Winterberry plants available at Vineyard Gardens:
Red cultivars: Winter Red, Maryland Beauty and Berry Heavy
Dwarf red berried cultivars: Sprite and Berry Poppins
Other varieties: Winter Gold (an orange berry) and Berry Heavy Gold (Proven Winner variety with large yellow fruit)
Male cultivars: Jim Dandy, Southern Gentlemen, Mr. Poppins and Apollo
Winterberry Information: This plant is a species of Holly called Ilex Verticillata. It is one of the few “deciduous” Holly species. When it drops its leaves in the fall, the berries stand out beautifully against the winter landscape. There are many red berried cultivars and some yellow and orange berried cultivars. Many get very large. 6-8 ft tall by 10 ft wide but there are some smaller cultivars. Like all Hollies, only the female plants produce berries and a male pollinator is needed nearby. A sunny location will also produce more berries. These Hollies prefer a moist soil and are native to eastern North America. They are often found in wetlands in their native habitat. They are hardier than evergreen Hollies and can be grown as far North as Vermont and even Southeast Canada.