- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 6 - 7 Feet
- Mature Spread 6 - 7 Feet
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Ilex verticillata Wildfire™ has multiple seasons of interest and high wildlife appeal. Commonly called Wildfire™ Winterberry, this shrub features pure white flowers in spring. In the fall, Wildfire™ produces large, pretty red berries that serve as food for birds in the winter. The branches can be cut to make cheerful holiday displays. The berries and flowers are offset by lush, dark green foliage.
This is a female dwarf holly that has a compact, rounded form that reaches 6 – 7 feet high and 7 – 8 feet wide. To set fruit, it requires a male holly plant such as Jim Dandy or Southern Gentleman. It tolerates wet, boggy conditions, salt, and clay soil. It is deciduous and will lose its leaves in winter. Use it as a windbreaker hedge to attract birds, or upgrade your curb appeal with Wildfire™ in a foundation planting or along your driveway.
Wildfire™ Winterberry Care
This shrub prefers full to partial sun positions. It tolerates a variety of soil types including compacted soil and boggy conditions. It requires an acidic pH between 5 – 6 and may languish in alkaline soils. Water Wildfire™ regularly during the growing season for best performance and to establish a strong root system. Topdress the root zone with a layer of organic compost. Fertilizer is not necessary to keep this shrub healthy and happy.
Wildfire™ does not need to be pruned; however, you can lightly shape it in early spring with pruning clippers.
Wildfire™ Winterberry Spacing
To create a tight hedge of this winterberry, space these shrubs approximately 6 feet apart, center on center. Increase the spacing to 8 feet apart if a gap between shrubs is desired.
Wildfire™ Winterberry Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Plant Type: Bushes|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 6 - 7 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 7 - 8 Feet|
|Spacing: 7 - 8 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Dark Green|
|Seasonal Interest: 4 Season Interest|
|Tolerates: Drought, Salt|
|Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy, Mass Planting, Wetland Areas & Ponds, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance|
|Brand: First Editions Plants|
|Common Name: Wildfire™ Winterberry|
|Scientific Name: ILEX VERTICILLATA `WILDFIRE`|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.