The ornamental feature of the winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) focuses on the plump and numerous berries clinging to the bare branches in autumn and winter. All hollies are either male or female, based on the structure of the flowers, only female shrubs produce fruits, and only if its late spring flowers get pollinated. Winterberry holly grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture climate zones 4b to 8
Nurseries grow and sell many varieties of winterberry shrubs. Play a female with a male shrub shrub blooms about the same time in the spring. Bees are the main pollinators of Hollies, so both male and female winterberry shrubs bloom at the same time increase, the chances of the insect carries pollen as it flowers visited. Typically winterberry shrubs either early-, mid-, or late-season bloomers.
Grown two of the most common male winterberry varieties and sold in North America and Southern Gentleman Jim Dandy. Jim Dandy blooms in early season and therefore pollinate early flowering female choice, such as Red Sprite / Nana, Afterglow and aurantiaca, according to the University of Connecticut. Late-flowering female shrubs, including Winter Red, Winter Gold or Cacapon, the male southern gentleman winterberry shrub nearby. Hybrid winter berries (the result of crossing with fine teeth winterberry holly, Ilex serrata) also male varieties. Male hybrid shrubs include Apollo, and make good pollinators for female varieties Sparkleberry or Raritan Chief Ed Winter, also a male shrub blooms over a long period and pollinating a wide range of early, middle and late season female winterberry shrubs.
Because male flowers winterberry shrubs not yield any fruit, they have little ornamental value, they point to a background in the garden city. Plant male bush in the back of the planting bed or nestled in the middle of a group of females, the mask and overshadow the secular male plant in the fall and winter. For the best chance of pollination, location male plants not more than 50 to 100 meters from the female winterberry shrubs.
How many times do I need bushes?
A healthy male winterberry shrub produces enough flowers and pollen effectively pollinate 04:59 close female winterberry plants after Learn2Grow. When the female bushes grow in separate parts of the country, 150 or more feet apart, a male shrub plan in any distant cluster of up to five female plants. Both distance and number of female shrubs determined to plant as many male shrubs in the landscape.