- Height: 6-10 feet high and wide; rounded form
- Light: Full sun to part shade
- Soil: Moist; native to bogs and swamps; tolerates wet
- Blooms: Greenish-white, inconspicuous, April-July
- Fruit: orange-red drupes fall through winter -- male required for female berries
- Foliage: Dark green; inconsistent fall
- Landscape: Hedge, border, native and winter garden
- Resistance: deer
- Fun Fact: Winterberry looks best when planted en masse
- More information and native range here
Winterberry; Deciduous Holly
Pollinator value: Very High. Larval host to the Lo Moth and other species. Native bees, flies, beetles, wasps. Songbirds and small mammals enjoy the fruits in winter when there's not much else to eat.
In spring Winterberry is covered with tiny white daisy-like flowers with greenish centers. On females, fruits mature to red-orange in fall and persist through winter. A male plant is needed within 50 feet for berries.
Great as a hedge, around a foundation or incorporated into a native or pollinator garden.