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Ilex verticillata x I. serata hybrids

Common Name(s):
Winterberry
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Male and female plants required for pollination.

Wildlife Value:  Fruits are attractive to birds. Flowers attract bees.  Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
2-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, dark green leaves; 1.5-3 in. long; serrated to doubly serrated; light yellow fall color
Flower:
Small, creamy white flowers on male and female plants; bright red berry-like drupe on female plants; persists into winter
Zones:
3 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, acidic, highly organic soil but tolerates a range of sites
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Oval to broad rounded shrub; dense, fine twigs and multi-trunked
Width:
4-10 ft.
Tags:
riparian, wet soil, deciduous, wet sites, bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, facultative-wetland, deer resistant, wet

NCCES plant id: 1592