Ilex Magical® Daydream

Many bright orange fruits!

Common Name Magical Daydream winterberry holly
Botanical Name Ilex ‘Kolcaroda’
Size 6-8' tall by 6-8' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 4-9
Sun / Shade Full sun to part shade
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist - can tolerate soggy, and poorly drained soils as well as clay
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Cut flowers, mixed plantings, poor soils, wet areas, woodland gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness : Acclaimed for its abundant clusters of bright orange fruit, Magical® Daydream brings a new appreciation of our beloved eastern North American native, commonly referred to as “winterberry”. With an upright, rounded habit, dark-green leaves warm to coppery gold in the fall before dropping to expose the ample berries, which persist from early fall into winter, and provide substantial winter interest and nourishment for wildlife.
Propagation Methods Vegetative cuttings
Bloom Time Flowers in spring - Fruits in fall

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

Acclaimed for its abundant clusters of bright orange fruit, Magical® Daydream brings a new appreciation of our beloved eastern North American native, commonly referred to as “winterberry”. With an upright, rounded habit, dark-green leaves warm to coppery gold in the fall before dropping to expose the ample berries, which persist from early fall into winter, and provide substantial winter interest and nourishment for wildlife. An easy plant to site, winterberries are adaptable to most soils, but prefer moist, organic loams that are on the acidic side – the perfect choice for naturalized settings. As an added bonus, long, straight stems laden with orange fruit can be cut for flower arrangements, filling your living spaces both inside and out with color.

 

Notes: cuts can be used dry – they’ll keep indoors for several weeks – no need to keep them in water.

Tolerant of many soil types, this plant thrives in wet areas, providing nesting opportunities and forage for birds.

Magical® Daydream is a female holly. Winterberries need one male pollinator for 10 females to provide adequate pollination. Use ‘Southern Gentleman’ as the male.