Ilex verticillata Magical® Berry

Deep red, long lasting fruits

Common Name Magical Berry winterberry
Botanical Name Ilex verticillata ‘KOLMBER’ Magical® Berry
Size 3-4' tall by 3-4' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 4-9
Sun / Shade Full sun to part shade
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist, but well drained
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Cut branches, mixed plantings, poor soils, wet areas, woodland gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness Smaller in stature than most winterberries, with abundant amounts of red berries on upright stems that are perfect for cuts.
Propagation Methods Vegetative softwood cuttings
Bloom Time Spring

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

You’re going to love this new, compact growing winterberry holly! During the coldest days of winter, when most shrubs and trees are at rest, Magical® Berry will add color to your outdoor space with its brilliant display of red fruits. A vase-shaped variety, only reaching 4’ in height, Magical® Berry is the ideal size for smaller gardens and mixed plantings. In the fall, as the weather cools, leaves drop and 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.