(ILEX) Red Sprite Winterberry

(ILEX) Red Sprite Winterberry


Easily grown in average, acidic, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Adaptable to both light and heavy soils, but prefers moist, acidic, organic loams. Good tolerance for poorly drained soils including wet boggy or swampy conditions (this species is native to swampy areas of Eastern North America). Winterberries are dioecious (separate male and female plants). Only fertilized female flowers will produce the attractive red berries that are the signature of the species. Generally one male winterberry will be sufficient for pollinating 6-10 female plants. Flowers appear on new growth. Prune to shape in early spring just before new growth appears.

'Nana' is a female plant and needs a male pollinator, 'Jim Dandy',  to produce the attractive red berries which are the signature of the winterberries. 


    Zone: 3 to 9

    Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet

    Spread: 2.50 to 3.00 feet

    Bloom Time: June to July

    Bloom Description: Dull white

    Sun: Full sun to part shade

    Water: Medium to wet

    Maintenance: Low

    Suggested Use: Hedge, Rain Garden

    Flower: Insignificant

    Attracts: Birds

    Fruit: Showy

    Other: Winter Interest

    Tolerate: Erosion, Clay Soil, Wet Soil, Air Pollution


    'Nana' has excellent year round interest, highlighted by the showy display of red berries in winter. Males and females together make excellent masses or groupings for shrub borders, foundations or accents. Also an effective low hedge. Excellent shrub for wet soils such as low spots or along streams or ponds.


    Plants of Merit are plants selected for their outstanding quality and dependable performance for the lower Midwest. They grow consistently well. 


    Plants of Merit Selection Criteria

    •Easy to grow and maintain
    •Not known to be invasive in our area
    •Resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects
    •Has outstanding ornamental value
    •Reasonably available to purchase


    No serious insect or disease problems. Occasional disease problems include leaf spots and powdery mildew. Plants do poorly in neutral to alkaline soils where they are susceptible to chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) and often die.


    Products can not be shipped.  For local delivery and installation only.



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