|Ilex x 'Sparkleberry'
(Sparkleberry hybrid Winterberry)
Botanical Name: Ilex x 'Sparkleberry'
Sparkleberry hybrid Winterberry
Small white flowers are not very showy.
Dark green in summer, occasionally turning yellow in fall.
Bright red berries are a bit smaller, but more numerous, than traditional winterberry. Fruit is very showy and usually holds
Upright mounded shrub that is multi-stemmed and adaptable to wet soils.
12 to 15 feet tall and almost as wide.
Full sun to part shade but will have denser growth and fruit production if grown in full sun.
None as this is a hybrid developed at the National Arboretum.
Ilex are deciduous. Therefore, a male winterberry is required nearby for fruit to be produced.
Description: ‘Sparkleberry’ is a hybrid of Ilex verticillata and Ilex serrata, Fine Tooth Holly, which is a native of Japan and China. The berries of Fine Tooth Holly are much smaller than those of our winterberry, and they are borne much more profusely. ‘Sparkleberry’ is a good example of hybridization, because the berries are larger than those of I. serrata but far more profuse than I. verticillata. 'Sparkleberry' makes quite a show on a fairly large upright plant which looks very similar to our native winterberry. This plant was introduced by the National Arboretum and is a nice compliment to the other winterberries we grow.