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Ilex 'Carolina Cardinal'

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Description

Carolina Winterberry is a compact deciduous shrub in the holly family developed at JC Raulston Arboretum.  It has showy red fruits that provide a food source for birds in fall and winter months.  Plant in in shrub borders, in groups or in a winter interest garden.

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Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#winter interest#food source#red fruits#food source winter#food source fall#food source soft-mast fruit#compact habit#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#winter interest#food source#red fruits#food source winter#food source fall#food source soft-mast fruit#compact habit#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ilex
    Family:
    Aquifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds are attracted to plentiful red fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Bright red drupe that lasts from fall through winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Light green simple elliptical leaves
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Songbirds