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Only 3' tall!

Ilex verticillata Magical® Times

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.

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 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.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Magical®️ Times winterberry
  • Botanical Name

    Ilex verticillata ‘Kolmat’
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color

  • Fruit Time

    Fall to winter
  • Fruit Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    3' tall by 3-4' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun to part shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Cut flowers, mixed plantings, poor soils, wet areas, woodland gardens
  • Propagation

  • Pruning

    Prune winterberry hollies in late winter to encourage more fruit production. To have maximum fruit each year, plant several plants and cut half of them one year and the rest the nest.

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