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Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: verticillata (ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Afterglow
Hybridized by Bob Simpson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1976

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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
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Nov 25, 2010, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Afterglow' winterberry is probably the very first deciduous holly I encountered on my learning curve with woody plants. There is/was a long hedge planting of this selection at the Arboretum Center near the lake at Bernheim Arboretum. During the summer months, this was just a shiny green leafy separation between parking and the koi pond.

Winter brought a completely different aspect of this wonderful plant. Loaded with bright fruit with a tinge of orange lightening its bright red character, 'Afterglow' just sparkled in the crisp air - and it absolutely "glowed" if there was snow on the ground.

This is a pretty compact plant. It blooms with the earlier or northern-style selections (like 'Red Sprite' or 'Stoplight') and should have an early male like 'Jim Dandy' to pollinate.

This is yet another in a long list of excellent landscape plants evaluated, named, and introduced by the late Vincennes IN nurseryman Bob Simpson. I wouldn't be without it in a diverse winterberry collection.

Regional...

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

Poplar Grove, Illinois
Vincennes, Indiana
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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