Ilex verticillata

Winterberry

This is our native holly – a shrub of wet places.  While it does not have evergreen leaves, it does have persistent red berries along the main stem which look very attractive all winter. Both male and female plants required to produce berries. Berries are pretty but toxic to humans.

Height: 3-8 feet

Sun Requirements: Prefers full sun but it can adapt to part shade

Water Requirements: Prefers moister soils

Flowers: Simple white flowers in May/June

Attracts: Bees, birds, butterflies

Special Tolerances: Salt & deer resistant

Important Butterfly Larval Host