Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata): This standout berry bush brings native color to the winter months
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- As winterberry is native to our region, you’ll be able to spot the shrub in all its colors; bright red berries are most common, but with proper cross pollination, golden and orange berries may also appear. 

- In the spring, understated white flowers bloom on its stems. Come autumn, the bush’s leaves  begin to fall off, leaving brightly colored berries on display during the grayer months of winter.

- Also known as winterberry holly, the bush is deciduous, meaning there are both male and female plants in the species. In order to produce the vibrant fruit, the flowers on a female winterberry plant must be fertilized in the spring.

- Don’t let its festive crimson deceive you; winterberry’s fruits are toxic to humans and pets, so they’re best left on the branch for decoration. 

- Most commonly, winterberry shrubs grow about ten to fifteen inches tall, but in the wild they can reach up to 12 feet high