Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

Common Name: Winterberry

Native deciduous shrub with year round appeal.  Compact, multi-stemmed, rounded habit.  Heavy fruit set in clusters.  Soil tolerant but native to wet conditions.  Needs male pollinator.  Excellent for mass plantings, borders, or wet soils in residential or commercial landscapes. 

More About Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

  • More compact size.
  • Bright red fruit persistent into winter.


3-4 ft


4-5 ft

Hardiness Zone:

3 to 9

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Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' Characteristics


  • Mass Planting
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Native
  • Border or Bed
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant
  • Berries
  • Low Maintenance


  • Full sun to partial shade

Foliage Color

  • Dark Green

Growth Rate

  • Slow to medium

Season of Interest

  • Winter

Soil Moisture

  • Soil tolerant
  • Wet Soil/Wetlands

Growth Habit

  • Upright
  • Rounded