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PlantFiles: Winterberry Holly
Ilex 'Bonfire'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Bonfire
Hybridized by B. Simpson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1983

Synonym:Ilex verticillata
Synonym:Ilex serrata x verticillata

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 21, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Bonfire' winterberry is a stellar performer here in central KY. Reaching 12'x12' (3.6 m x 3.6 m) with time, it is a firestorm of fruit through the winter months. The red berries are very persistent, ignored by birds till nearly the time for new foliage to emerge.

Most winterberries like soil on the acid side (though they grow fine here in circumneutral clay soils) and prefer to have regular moisture. Mine have performed best when in wet areas (like by a downspout or near where I irrigate pots constantly).

'Bonfire' will want to have one of the male deciduous hollies with overlapping bloom time nearby for pollination. 'Apollo', 'Jim Dandy', or 'Southern Gentleman' should do, but refer to a good bloom chart to be sure.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lula, Georgia
Vincennes, Indiana
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Heath, Ohio



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