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Ilex verticillata 'Scarlet O'Hara'

 
Ilex verticillata 'Scarlet O'Hara'
winterberry holly
Common name winterberry holly
Family aquifoliaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z4-8)
Flowers insignificant
Size 10'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Deciduous holly grown primarily for its bright red berries in autumn. The best display is after the leaves have dropped, and masses of berries cluster around the otherwise naked branches. The species is dioecious, meaning that individual plants are either male or female; only females will bear fruit, while a male must be in the vicinity to pollinate the female flowers. We don't have a male in our garden, so Scarlet's berry set is variable - some years, we get hardly any fruit, while other years (perhaps because the wind is just right) we get a good crop. Even so, we never get the impressive clustering that a designated stud would guarantee.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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