Ilex v. Berry Poppins, Female Winterberry
One of the jewels of the winter landscape, Berry Poppins Winterberry, Ilex verticillata, commands attention with its masses of plump red berries. This dwarf version of the Missouri native shrub only grows 3-4′ tall and wide. The bright red berries are an excellent winter food source for many native songbirds. They are also fabulous cut and used in winter arrangements. Host plant to over 35 different butterflies and moths, including Henry’s Elfin Butterfly.
Tolerant of consistently wet or boggy soils, Winterberries are an ideal choice for rain gardens or areas with excessive water. Berry Poppins requires a male counterpart like Mr. Poppins for best berry production. Unlike a traditional Holly, Winterberries are deciduous.