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PlantFiles: Winterberry, Deciduous Holly
Ilex 'Harvest Red'

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Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Cultivar: Harvest Red
Hybridized by Dr. Elwin Orton; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1969

Synonym:Ilex serrata x verticillata

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 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 Nov 24, 2008, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Harvest Red' winterberry is a hybrid between the Asian species Ilex serrata and the native winterberry Ilex verticillata. This female plant blooms intermediate to the two parents, and needs a male with overlapping bloom time for pollination and fruit set. 'Apollo', 'Raritan Chief', or 'Southern Gentleman' should work, but check a reputable bloom chart to be sure.

This plant has chugged along reliably for me in central KY for many years. Except for during the droughtiest of times, it will put on quite the fruit display every fall and winter. It does tend to hold some spent dry foliage longer than other winterberry clones (annoying, but not fatal) and the fruit will discolor or be eaten earlier than other selections. All in all, it is still a very good performer.

This plant was hybridized by the excellent plantsman and researcher from Rutgers, Dr. Elwin Orton.

Regional...

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

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Port Washington, New York



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