UT Gardens January Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly
Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 8:57 pm
January is often one of the gloomiest months of the year but the winter garden can be brightened by the addition of holly. There are hundreds of species and cultivars of holly and many of them come into their glory with their berries during the winter months. Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) is at the top of the list. Unlike most hollies winterberry holly, along with possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) loses all foliage in the fall fully exposing the colorful berries.
Hybrids between Ilex verticillata and I. serrata:
‘Apollo’ – male pollinator for ‘Red Sprite’, ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Sparkleberry’
Jason Reeves is an Ornamental Horticulture Research Associate with the UT West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. He creates the various seasonal horticultural displays, conducts research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals, and supports various educational programs. Hi is also a contributor to Fine Gardening magazine. The UT Gardens in Jackson and Knoxville are a program of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Their mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, collections, educational programs and research trials. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. See http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/ and http://westtennessee.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/ for more information.