- Current size: 12-24" seedlings
- Mature size: 10- to 15-foot shrub
- Light: Best in full sun to part shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained; native to bogs and swamps
- Blooms: April-July; orange-red drupes in fall through winter -- male required for female to produce berries
- Leaf: purple-green; deciduous
- Landscape: Hedge, border, native and winter garden
- Resistance: deer
- Fun Fact: Winterberry looks best when planted en masse
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Winterberry; Deciduous Holly
Pollinator value: Very High. Henry's Elfin butterfly host. Native bees, flies, beetles, wasps. Also attracts songbirds and small mammals.
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.