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Campus Gardens

Ilex verticillata
Winterberry Holly
Family: Aquifoliaceae

Winterberry holly is a deciduous shrub 6-10 ' tall by 6-10' wide depending on the cultivar. Leaves are thin, oval and with serrated edges. The alder shaped eaves turn dark before falling in autumn, thus one of its common named 'blackalder'. The are unisexual. The flowers have a greenish white color. The flowers are usually found in clusters on the plant in the months April to May. The plants fruit consists of small berries that range in color form red to an orange red. The berries will ripen in the fall and will stay on the plant through winter until eaten by birds. Only female plants have the berries. The berries will last longer than the leaves. Winterberry holly brings bright color to the winter landscape. Winterberry holly is located in the Entrance Gardens; Centennail Gardens and in the Arboretum. Hardiness in zones 3-9

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