December Plant of the Month

Winterberry Holly

Winterberries are a deciduous shrub that can grow 6'-10' tall in an oval to rounded form. They require a male and a female plant to pollinate and the females will produce bright red, glossy berries in the winter months. These berries are a great source of winter food for birds making them an ideal choice in the landscape of a birdwatcher. Winterberries enjoy full sun to partial shade and are great for native plantings or fruit displays in the fall and winter. These plants can thrive in wet soil making them very useful in those landscape conditions. Two great varieties of winterberry that do well in our region are the female 'Winter Red' and its male pollinator 'Apollo'. Consider adding these wonderful shrubs to your landscape for some winter color and wildlife shows!