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Gorgeous Berries

I spotted this great looking winter color today:

What a wonderful antidote to dreary January weather.

What a wonderful antidote to dreary January weather.

Winterberry or Ilex verticillata provides wonderful berries in the winter.  The plant doesn’t do much until winter, then pow!  The berried plants are female and need a male pollinator.  You can use males called ‘Apollo’ or ‘Southern Gentleman’.  Sometimes other nearby hollies will do as long as they bloom at the same time.

Be patient.  I’d say it takes at least 3 years to get a decent show.  These are probably at least 5 years old.

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