Winterberry Holly

What’s all that red out there?


Winterberry Holly
Ilex verticillata


And wow, are they loaded with fruit this year!

Poisonous to humans, they will provide food for birds and small mammals.  Like other hollies, this one native to North America is dioecious – there are male plants and female ones.  Unlike other hollies, this one is deciduous.  After the first frost, the leaves will turn dark and drop off.  But the berries will remain through the winter.


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3 thoughts on “Winterberry Holly

  1. My garden is full of berries at the moment. I feel they’re a consolation for the lack of flowers at this time of year.

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