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Ilex verticillata 'FARROWMRP' x 'Mr. Poppins®'

Winterberry - Mr. Poppins®

Winterberry - 'Mr. Poppins®', is a male winterberry pollinator for 'Berry Poppins®'. One male plant will pollinate 5-7 female plants when planted within 50' of one another. Pruning at any time of year will impact the number of flowers and the quantity of fruit set, therefore pruning winterberry hollies should be avoided. Very old branches can be removed in early spring if they are no longer producing vigorous growth. This native to North America is deer resistant. Winterberry - 'Mr. Poppins®' does not produce berries, but is an essential pollinator for 'Berry Poppins® '

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Soil Type:

Clay, Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:

Part Shade, Part Sun, Sun



Average, Wet

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

3-4 feet in height, 3-4 foot spread


Annual Growth Rate:



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Shop By Use:

Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Juglone Tolerant

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

One male plant will pollinate up to five females. Plant within about 50'/15.25m of one another to ensure pollination and good fruit set. Quite tolerant of shaded conditions; however, flowering and fruit set is best with at least 4 hours of sun each day.

Care Tips - Pruning:

Winterberry holly blooms on old wood. However, pruning female varieties after blooming will remove any developing fruit, so pruning is not recommended except to remove entire branches in an effort to attain a specific form. Male varieties could be pruned after blooming, however, given the typically slow growth rate of winterberry hollies, pruning is not recommended for them either.

Care Tips - Soil:

Does best in moist (even very moist), slightly acidic soils, but can take average soils as well. Avoid high pH sites.

Care Tips - Uses:

Mass plantings; hedges; cutting gardens; wildlife gardens; natural areas.

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones