Winterberry holly femalellex verticillata
By: Amelia Dame
SoilThe winterberry needs moist soil. I doesn't do very well in dry conditions.Diseases and pestsAnthracnose is a fungal disease that appears as tan spots on the leafs. a fungicide should be sprayed on it.Pythium and Phytophthora Root Rot is another disease that attacks the root of the plant. It is caused by overly moist soil.
SunThe winterberry holly can grow in partial or full sun. This plant makes for a good decoration during the winter because the berries stay bright red.
Fall colorthe winter berry has green leaves during the fall but they slowly fall off by winter. During winter the red berries stay but the stems turn blackish brown.
Mature heightThe mature height for a winterberry holly is 15 feet but it can verify. Winterberries in the wild can grow up to 16 feet sometimes.
Wildlife useThe berries of the winterberry holly are a good food source for birds, squirrels and even raccoons. These berries are really a food source for any small mammal.
How does the shrub reproduce?A winterberry holly comes in both male and female. So to get the plants to reproduce, you plant the two plants within 40 feet of each other. That will allow them to pollinate. If you are worried about the winterberries getting killed by (for example) deer, then you should plant more females than males to make sure the female will reproduce.
I recommend planting the winterberry holly. The best place to plant it is by a pond or lake. You will need to plant many female winter berries And fewer male so that the male can fertilize the females.