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Super Easy to Grow Dwarf Holly
Red Sprite Winterberry Holly, ‘Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ is a compact holly that doesn’t get more than 3 feet tall & wide. It is best known for the abundance of red berries they produce throughout winter. As much as birds love the berries, deer will pretty much leave this shrub alone.
Red Sprite Winterberry Hollies are easy to grow, low maintenance, and can handle a wide variety of soils. It is also cold hardy to minus 30 degrees and also able to withstand the heat & humidity of almost all of the southern United States. Red Sprite prefers full sun but can handle areas that are partly shady.
Red Sprite is a female variety of holly. This means it needs a male variety for it to produce attractive red berries. Jim Dandy & Apollo Holly shrubs are the two male varieties recommended the most. Depending on how the holly shrubs are spaced out, 1 male variety can pollinate up to 9 or 10 female holly shrubs. Since Red Sprite hollies are so compact, they are popular in borders, walkways & driveways. When planted in a row, it is best to plant one male holly for every 4 Red Sprite Holly shrubs. This will help give you the most bright red berries in winter
Red Sprite Holly Plant Facts:
|Botanical Name||Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’|
|Mature Height||2 – 3 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 – 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Grow Zones||4 to 9|
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9