Winterberry (Michigan Holly)


  • Native to Van Buren County
  • Attracts birds
  • Useful for hedging and rain gardens
  • Showy red berries retained through winter
  • Good for wet or boggy areas
  • Must have both male and female plants to produce berries
  • Seedling height: 6″-12″

Height: 3ft – 12ft
Spread: 3ft – 12ft
Water Needs: medium to wet
Soil Needs: sandy to clay
Growth Rate: medium to slow

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Description Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), also known as Michigan holly and black alder, is a small shrub. Winterberry gets its name from its red fruit. The bright red fruit is extremely showy in late fall and early winter. The fruit attracts many birds. To bare fruit, both male and female plants are needed.
Height 3 – 12 ft.
Spread 3 – 12 ft.
Growth rate Moderate to slow
Sun Full sun to shade
Water use High
Soil Moist, acidic soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time April – July
Bloom color White, yellow, green, brown
Harvest/Fruit type Drupe
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Ornamental, good for wildlife, fall foliage
Climate Change Hardiness Unknown adaptability

Additional information


5, 10, 25, 50