|Ilex verticillata 'Jolly Red'
(Jolly Red Winterberry)
Botanical Name: Ilex verticillata 'Jolly Red'
Jolly Red Winterberry
Small white flower
Dark green in summer, occasionally turning yellow in fall.
Bright red berries in clusters up and down stems last into winter.
Broad-rounded shrub with multiple stems as it tends to sucker.
Large shrub reaching 10 feet by 10 feet.
Full sun to partial shade.
Eastern part of North America from Ontario to Florida.
Description: The original plant of this clone was found by Lud Hoffman in Bloomfield, Connecticut over forty years ago. This plant is now approximately 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, and in the fall of the year it is covered with an extremely heavy berry set of extra large berries. This is a gorgeous plant, and it will knock your eye out on a cold December day.
Ilex verticillata in nature is found primarily in wet swampy areas or around the edge of bogs; therefore, it has great value for planting in wet sites. However, it also can tolerate quite dry conditions and sometimes produces its heaviest berry sets there.