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Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

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Southern Gentleman Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman' in bloom

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman' in bloom

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Height:  7 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Black Alder

Description:

This deciduous shrub is a male pollinator for 'Winter Red', 'Winter Gold', 'Capapon', Shaver', 'Sparkleberry' and other late female clones; suckers into colonies; requires moist to wet highly acidic soils, good for problem areas; excellent when massed

Ornamental Features

Southern Gentleman Winterberry has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Southern Gentleman Winterberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Southern Gentleman Winterberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Southern Gentleman Winterberry will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Ornamental Features