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Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'
An extremely hardy late-blooming male holly with dense, rich green foliage on an upright, rounded form.
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Quick Facts

  • Native Plant
  • Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Pollenizer, Tolerates Road Salt, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Wet Soils
  • An extremely hardy late-blooming male holly with dense, rich green foliage on an upright, rounded form. It does not set fruit but serves as an excellent pollenizer for late-flowering female southern hollies, such as Sparkleberry, Winter Red, and Winter Gold. Plant one male for every five female plants. A wonderful background shrub. Deciduous.

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An extremely hardy late-blooming male holly with dense, rich green foliage on an upright, rounded form. It does not set fruit but serves as an excellent pollenizer for late-flowering female southern hollies, such as Sparkleberry, Winter Red, and Winter Gold. Plant one male for every five female plants. A wonderful background shrub. Deciduous.

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About This Plant

Type

Shrubs

Leaf Color

Green

Mature Height

Up to 120 inches

Mature Width

Up to 144 inches

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Provide organically rich, acidic, moist, loamy soil; tolerates wet, heavy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer and prune annually to shape before new growth emerges in late winter to early spring.

Effort of Care

None

Soil Type

None

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Needs

None

Water Needs

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

Disease and Pests

None

USDA Hardiness Zone

None

Humidity

None

Temperature

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