Ilex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ (male)
CT DR RG
Soil: Acidic loam
Light: Full to Part Sun
Moisture: Average to Wet
Plant Height: to 6 feet
Plant Width: to 8 feet
Landscape Value: Good for mass plantings, shrub borders, rain gardens, foundation plantings, or accent plants. Effective as a low hedge. Excellent for wet soils in low areas or along streams and ponds.
Slow-growing, compact, deciduous male shrub with dark green, glossy leaves that turn purplish-green to yellow in the fall. Inconspicuous white flowers appear over an extended bloom period, making it a good pollinator for many female winterberries. Males can be planted some distance away (up to one mile), but the closer the male is to the female the more likely pollinators will visit both plants and pollinate the female flowers. Prune in early spring if needed. Prefers moist soil. Susceptible to yellowing of leaves in high pH (alkaline) soils. Tolerates clay soil, poorly-drained soil, air pollution, and salt. Attracts butterflies and native bees.