Ilex verticillata Magical® Times

Only 2'3 tall!

Common Name Magical Times winterberry
Botanical Name Ilex verticillata ‘KOLMAT’ Magical® Times
Size 2-3' 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 flowers, mixed plantings, poor soils, wet areas, woodland gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness Smaller in stature than most winterberries, with abundant amounts of orange-red berries, Magical Times will fit into smaller spaces with a much closer proximity to the garden path.
Propagation Methods Vegetative softwood cuttings
Bloom Time Spring

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

When we think about winterberry hollies, we often imagine the treasured North American native: a large shrub with a broad base for planting in naturalized areas – celebrated for birds to nest in and the vibrant red berries they later feast on in the fall.  Magical Times will transform the way you think about our beloved North American native! A mere 2-3’ tall, this dwarf variety will fit into smaller spaces, with a much closer proximity to the garden path! Finally, a winterberry you can plant in numbers to add bright, orange-red color to your outdoor living spaces – just in time for the holidays! Yes, be sure to plant enough for decorating – long lasting cuts will keep indoors and out for weeks without water!

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.