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ILEX verticillata 'Southern Gentlemen'

Image of Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentlemen'

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Family

Aquifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ILEX verticillata 'Southern Gentlemen'

Plant Common Name

Southern Gentlemen Winterberry, Winterberry

Special Notice

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General Description

Eastern North America's prized deciduous holly, winterberry is an unsurpassed shrub for winter landscape color and interest. The male cultivar 'Southern Gentlemen' makes an excellent pollenizer for female winterberry cultivars that share its later spring flowering period. A rounded, densely branched shrub, it bears numerous small white male flowers on new growth in late spring, about two weeks after the toothed, oval, dark green leaves emerge.

Plant 'Southern Gentlemen' in full sun and moist, well-drained soil for best flowering. It does well in damp sites. Use it as a foundation shrub or in a mixed shrub border in association with late-blooming female winterberry cultivars such as 'Winter Red', 'Winter Gold', 'Capapon', and the hybrid 'Sparkleberry'. Oce plant of 'Southern Gentlemen' will adequately pollinate up to five female plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-12' / 1.8m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Bark Color

    Black, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No