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Mr. Poppins® Winterberry

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This compact male winterberry is a dwarf shrub with attractive, glossy dark green leaves; does not bear fruit but will pollinate female varieties such as ‘Berry Poppins’ to produce an abundance of beautiful red berries

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Ilex
Species:
verticillata
Cultivar:
FARROWMRP
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Black Alder
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Mr. Poppins® Winterberry has forest green deciduous foliage on a plant with a round habit of growth. The glossy pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Mr. Poppins® Winterberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Mr. Poppins® Winterberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. This plant should be periodically fertilized throughout the active growing season with a specially-formulated acidic fertilizer. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

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