Ilex Magical® Winter Jewel

Bright red fruits on a compact plant

Common Name Magical Winter Jewel winterberry holly
Botanical Name Ilex ‘Kolmwint’
Size 3-4' tall by 4' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 4-9
Sun / Shade Full sun to part shade
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist - can take soggy, poorly drained soils and clay
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Cut flowers, mixed plantings, poor soils, wet areas, woodland gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness A vase-shaped variety, only reaching 3-4’ in height, Magical® Winter Jewel is the ideal size for smaller gardens and mixed plantings. In the fall, long straight stems, laden in vibrant red fruit can be cut for flower arrangements, filling your living spaces both inside and out with color.
Propagation Methods Vegetative cuttings
Bloom Time Flowers in spring - Fruits in fall

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

Common Name: Winterberry

You’re going to love this new, compact winterberry holly! During the coldest days of winter, when most shrubs and trees are at rest, Magical® Winter Jewel will add color to your outdoor space with its brilliant display of huge red fruits. A vase-shaped variety, only reaching 3-4’ in height, Magical® Winter Jewel is the ideal size for smaller gardens and mixed plantings. In the fall, as the weather cools, leaves drop and plump berries turn a vibrant red – persisting all winter for birds to feast on. Long, straight stems, laden in 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® Winter Jewel is a female holly. Winterberries need one male pollinator for 10 females to provide adequate pollination. Use ‘Southern Gentleman’ as the male.