Possum Haw, Winterberry
|Used to decorate many a home in winter, these are perhaps the most popular of all ornamental berry plants. Their showy berries often last for several months and attract birds. Most compact and fruitful in sun, Hollies will tolerate shade. On many Hollies, fruit is produced on female plants and pollen on male plants. To ensure plentiful fruit, plant both sexes near each other. They range from 1-foot dwarves to 50-foot trees. Useful as a hedge, barrier or background plant. Bugs can cause problems, but diseases are rare.
The leaves of this tree often are crowded on short spurs, are oval in shape, and are blunt with toothed margins. The glossy yellow, orange, or red berries are up to ¼-inch in diameter. Several cultivars available.
Attributes - Ilex decidua
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer
Flower Color: White
Height: 10 ft. to 30 ft.
Width: 30 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Container Plants, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Mealybugs, Scales.
Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens', Ilex 'Sparkleberry', Ilex aquifolium 'Echo', Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana', Ilex cornuta 'Rotunda', Ilex crenata, Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Girl', Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Princess', Ilex x meserveae 'China Boy', Ilex x meserveae 'China Girl', Ilex x meserveae 'Golden Girl', Ilex opaca, Ilex perado, Ilex pernyi, Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow', Ilex verticillata 'Harvest Red', Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red', Ilex verticillata x serrata 'Sparkleberry', Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula', Ilex vomitoria 'Schellings Dwarf'