Ilex verticillata ‘Jolly Red’

Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata ‘Jolly Red’

Common Name:
Jolly Red Winterberry

Plant Hardiness: Zone 3

Flower: Small white flower

Bloom Time: Early June

Foliage: Dark green in summer, occasionally turning yellow in fall

Fruit: Bright red berries in clusters up and down stems last into winter

Habit: Broad-rounded shrub with multiple stems as it tends to sucker

Size: Large shrub reaching 10 feet by 10 feet

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Native Habitat: Eastern part of North America from Ontario to Florida

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Description: The original plant of this clone was found by Lud Hoffman in Bloomfield, Connecticut over forty years ago. This plant is now approximately 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, and in the fall of the year it is covered with an extremely heavy berry set of extra large berries. This is a gorgeous plant, and it will knock your eye out on a cold December day.

Ilex verticillata in nature is found primarily in wet swampy areas or around the edge of bogs; therefore, it has great value for planting in wet sites. However, it also can tolerate quite dry conditions and sometimes produces its heaviest berry sets there.