Ilex verticillata ‘Southern Gentleman’

(Southern Gentleman Winterberry)


$29.99


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Southern Gentleman’ is a male cultivar best for pollinating southern winterberry varieties, which have a later blooming time, such as ‘Cacapon’, ‘Shaver’, ‘Sparkleberry’, ‘Sunset’, ‘Winter Red’, and ‘Winter Gold’. It is a vigorous growing, upright rounded shrub with glossy, dark green summer foliage that turns yellow-green to purple-bronze in fall. Its staminate, white flowers grow in clusters of 6 or more in its leaf axils. Formerly named ‘Late Male’, this cultivar does not produce berries.

Description

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.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Botanical Name

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun

Height

6-8'

Width

6-8'

Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

Fall Color

Yellow

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