Green leaves of a young Ilex verticillata Mr. Poppins®

Ilex verticillata Mr. Poppins® (Dwarf Male Winterberry Holly) Unity Grown

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Ilex verticillata Mr. Poppins® is a male winterberry holly cultivar that functions as a male pollinator for female Ilex verticillata cultivars like Berry Poppins® when placed within 50'. Although Mr. Poppins® was bred specifically as a pollinator partner for Berry Poppins® by Proven Winners, Ilex verticillata Mr. Poppins® flowers throughout the month of may, making it a potential pollinating partner for any number of winterberry holly cultivars that bloom in May. Though it will not bear fruit itself, this cultivar's inconspicuous white flowers play a crucial role in getting the best from the female varieties.

Noted for its attractive summer foliage rather than fall and winter berries, Mr. Poppins®has deciduous, glossy green ovular foliage without the harsh spines of some holly species, and begins to lose its leaves after the first fall. Mr. Poppins® prefers medium to medium-wet soils and full sun to part-shade conditions; this cultivar is not picky about soil consistency, and will tolerate heavy, clay soils, but requires less water than other cultivars due to its compact size of three to four feet tall and wide. Mr. Poppins® has good resistance to deer and rabbit damage, and its inconspicuous appearance allows for planting anywhere within the landscape.

(Photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
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 Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Wet Soil Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, and Rabbit Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, Woodland Garden, Small Space, Container, and Border/Screen

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