$36.99 . It matures to six to eight feet and has a nice rounded habit. Is Winterberry Poisonous?. This video is unavailable. Holly-Winterberry 'Red Sprite' - 3 Gal. FLOWERS: White blooms June to July WILDLIFE: Attracts Bees and Birds LARVAL HOST TO: Henry's Elfin butterfly ZONE: 5-9 P The numerous cultivars available are a testament to the desire to find a winterberry that fits into smaller landscapes. 1998 Cary Award Winner. The leaves are alternate with a sharply toothed margin and hairy underside. Ilex ‘Red Sprite’: This female, deciduous winterberry cultivar is a large-berried, slow-growing, dwarf shrub with an upright, rounded habit. For a perfect complement to ‘Jim Dandy’ and his pollination skills, plant pretty ‘Red Sprite’ in your garden for long-lasting color. Producing profuse amounts of large red fruit all winter on an extremely compact plant, Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' never needs pruning! 2004 Plants of Merit®. Winterberry 'Nana' RED SPRITE (Ilex verticillata) are small deciduous holly shrubs. Great for cutting, too! ‘Jim Dandy’ needed for pollination. $50.99 . Although winterberry will tolerate some shade, fruit production is best in sunny locations. Female specimens produce red-orange drupes that mature in the fall. The flowers are small and numerous, followed by the red fruit. PlantFinder helped me realize they were 'Red Sprite' winterberry. A native of eastern North America, winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is a slow growing deciduous holly species that can grow up to 12 feet tall. Winterberry Holly ‘Red Sprite’ GARDEN SITE : Full Sun to Part Shade. Red Sprite is a deciduous shrub grown for its stunning display of red fruit. Showy from September until winter. Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' Holly - Winterberry. Winterberry will tolerate a range of soil types and moistures. Mature growth is around 3-5' tall and wide. ‘Red Sprite’ is a compact form that ranges from 3 to 5 feet high with the same bright red berries of the common form found in nature. Bright green leaves turn yellow in the fall. Ilex verticillata, the winterberry, is a species of holly native to eastern North America in the United States and southeast Canada, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Minnesota, and south to Alabama.. Other names that have been used include black alder, Canada holly, coralberry, fever bush, Michigan holly, or winterberry holly.. * The pollinator for this deciduous Winterberry Holly is 'Jim Dandy'. She blooms at around the same time as ‘Jim Dandy’ – in late May and early June. Winterberry are extremely hardy shrubs, (USDA zones 3-9) native to eastern North America. Winterberry holly Red Sprite * Common name: Winterberry holly Red Sprite. The whitish flowers are relatively inconspicuous. $36.99 . Average, Acidic, Medium to Wet, Well-drained Soil. Red Sprite Winterberry is a female selection that is less than half the size of regular Ilex verticillata. This prefers a moist, acidic soil. The ripe berries are extremely attractive in fall and winter and they attract a wide variety of songbirds. SIZE : 2 ½ -3 ft., Spread 2 ½ -3 ft. Ilex verticillata plants are dioecious (plants are either male or female). $36.99 . This is a deciduous winterberry holly' It grows to about 4' and has the largest red fruit of all winterberries. Red Sprite winterberry plants are all female and would not produce their characteristic red fruits without first being pollinated by a male counterpart. A naturally dwarf deciduous holly with extremely colorful bright red berries throughout winter, requires a male pollinator; upright growth habit, suckers into colonies; requires moist to wet acidic soils, good for problem areas; excellent when massed Very hardy. The bark is thin, smooth, and gray-brown. Hollies require a male pollinator for berries, and the cultivar ‘Red Sprite… This is the female selection and must be planted with the Jim Dandy (male) winterberry selection in order for it to fruit properly. https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/ilex-verticillata-red-sprite Holly-Winterberry 'Red Sprite' - 2 Gal. I've never looked at deciduous holly the same way since. Height 2-3′ Spread 3-4′ Shape Globose, dense, compact. This is a deciduous holly that drops it leaves in autumn. USDA release. Generally one male winterberry (such as I. verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’) will be sufficient for pollinating 9-10 female ‘Red Sprite’ plants. But upon getting home I looked it up in the ForestFarm Catalog (a great information source even for those things one buys elsewhere) and learned its as early blooming as Red Sprite. Typically grows only 2-3' tall. Red Sprite is a deciduous winterberry cultivar that is a large-berried, slow-growing, dwarf shrub with an upright, rounded habit. 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