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Ilex 'Sparkleberry'

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Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly (Ilex 'Sparkleberry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly (Ilex 'Sparkleberry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly (Ilex 'Sparkleberry') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Black Alder

Description:

A large deciduous holly with showy and abundant bright red berries which last throughout winter, requires a male pollinator; upright growth habit, suckers into colonies; requires moist to wet acidic soils, good for problem areas; excellent when massed

Ornamental Features

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from mid fall to late winter. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sparkleberry Deciduous Holly will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

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. 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 leaves 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Fruit  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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