• Dense dark green foliage changes to a purplish red in fall
  • Southern gentleman holly with rich yellow fall color
  • Very bushy southern gentleman holly with green leaves

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Southern Gentleman Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

The Southern Gentleman Holly is a tall male winterberry that is used to pollinate female winterberry plants. There will be no berries on this shrub, however, you will see lots of small white flowers.

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Southern Gentleman Holly Shrubs for Sale Online

The Southern Gentleman Winterberry is a late flowering pollinizer that is loved throughout the seasons for its gorgeous color, bright berries and lusterful ovalesque foliage. 

These male Winterberry Shrubs are slow-growing and require little maintenance to keep up with their upright rounded shape. The deciduous shrubs' dark green foliage contrasts beautifully with the plants' greenish white flowers in the spring, but spring is is only the beginning of this shrubs beauty and appeal.  

Botanically referred to as 'Ilex verticillata,' the Southern Gentleman Winterberry plants enjoy moist to wet soil conditions and grow best in full sun to part shade. These shrubs work great in areas with poor drainage and happily tolerate placement near bodies of water like swamps bogs and streams.

Cold hardiness is one of this plant's most loveable qualities. You can look forward to watching your Southern Gentleman shrub change with the seasons, going from green to yellow in the fall, to a deep bronze in the winter season.

If planted with a female Holly, you can look forward to bright red berries in late summer to fall that will remain through to the winter. The berries on this popular winter interest plant not only bring a festive touch to a yard, but also attract a variety of pollinators.

Southern Gentleman Winterberry Hollies are ideal for use in mass plantings, shrub borders, and for use as hedges. If you're into crafts, the sprigs of berries on these shrubs can also be plucked to create amazing, eye-catching holiday arrangements your friends and family will adore!

These male pollinator Hollies pair well with the female hollies of Winter Red winterberry, Winter Gold Winterberry, and Sparkleberry Winterberry.


Growzone: 3-8 Southern Gentleman Winterberry Hardiness Zone 3-8
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 6 to 8 Feet
Mature Width: 6 to 8 Feet
Classification: Deciduous shrub
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Habit: Deciduous, densely branched, multi-stemmed clump forming
Flower Color: White flowers in mid to late spring through early summer
Foliage: New growth emerges a dark green, changing to an purplish red in the fall
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil but will tolerate “wet feet”
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Neccesary for polination of Sparkleberry Holly

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