Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold with yellow berries.
Close-up of Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold berries.
Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold branches as a cut arrangement.
Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold with yellow berries growing in 7-gallon container.

Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold (Winterberry Holly) Unity Grown

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Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold is an excellent, showy cultivar of winterberry holly produced by Proven Winners. Without the sharp-spined leaves of species like American holly, deciduous leaves unlike any evergreen holly varieties, Berry Heavy® Gold is best noted for its attractive golden-yellow berries in the fall and winter. From spring into the summer, winterberry holly produces inconspicuous white flowers that attract many kinds of pollinators.

As an all-female cultivar, Berry Heavy® Gold must be matched with an early season male pollinator cultivar like 'Jim Dandy' to produce berries by planting one male per 5 females. Following successful pollination, this cultivar produces attractive, bright golden berries that persist through the fall and winter, supporting bird populations and serving as an incredible addition to cold-season cut arrangements.

Typically reaching six to eight feet tall with a similar spread, Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy® Gold has an upright growth habit with a vase-like or globular shape. Overall a very versatile plant, Berry Heavy® Gold is resistant to salt, wet soil, and deer damage, and can be used in rain, pollinator, and children's gardens as well as naturalized areas or woodland/wetland borders. Berry Heavy® Gold winterberry is an attractive addition to any landscape, and has the ecological appeal to match.

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Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Very Tall: 73" and up
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: White
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Berries, Erosion Control, and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Clay Soil Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, and Salt Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Woodland Garden, Rain Garden, and Border/Screen

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