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Red Sprite Winterberry closeup of red berries
Red Sprite Winterberry potted plant at nursery
Red Sprite Winterberry red berries on potted plant at nursery
Red Sprite Winterberry closeup of red berries
Red Sprite Winterberry potted plant at nursery
Red Sprite Winterberry red berries on potted plant at nursery

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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 2.5-3 ft
  • Mature Width: 2.5-3 ft
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 2.5-3 ft

Red Sprite Winterberry

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Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

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FEATURES:

  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 2.5-3 ft
  • Mature Width: 2.5-3 ft
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 2.5-3 ft

Why plant Red Sprite Winterberry?

Winter has never looked brighter than when Red Sprite Winterberry is planted and the bright red berries are glowing in the sunlight. Birds will rejoice once they see the tasty red berries and will be sure to visit Red Sprite time and again until the berries are gone, providing you a chance to bird watch from your own window! A nice, formal winterberry, Red Sprite will make a great foundation for any landscape. Create an endearing mixed border and pair up Red Sprite and Jim Dandy to create a nice winterberry hedge.

Native to America, the winterberry (Ilex verticillata) is a native shrub that can be found as far north as Newfoundland to as far south as Alabama. Winterberry shrubs are commonly found growing in swamps, along streambeds, and even in damp woodlands. Red Sprite originated out of a nursery in Indiana named the Simpson Nursery Company and was bred by Robert Simpson. At first named 'Nana,' Red Sprite did not achieve it's name until it was officially registered when the shrub was renamed 'Red Sprite.'

How to use Red Sprite Winterberry in the landscape?

Red Sprite is surprisingly not evergreen, but deciduous and keeps it's bright red berries even after the leaves have fallen. During the growing season, Red Sprite has glossy green leaves that maintain a compact form. In the fall, the glossy foliage turn yellow and in some instances red. Before becoming berries, the red trinkets are actually dainty white flowers that mix in with the glossy foliage to then become the signature red holly berries we know and love. Please do not eat the berries, though, those small fruits are toxic.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How To Plant Red Sprite Winterberry

Plant Red Sprite in a location where it can receive full sun or part shade, some full shade will not hurt this winterberry but the shade should not be constant. The soil should be of moist consistency and also acidic, however Red Sprite does tolerate standard garden soil but be sure that the soil is not too dry. Pests and diseases are minimal and no special pruning will be required for this winterberry. For the best berry production, plant a Jim Dandy Winterberry nearby for cross pollination.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.


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