Black alder

Ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Black alder (Ilex verticillata)
EYE-leks ver-tih-sih-LAY-tah
Genus:  Ilex
This plant is a suckering shrub or small tree with toothed, pointy, bright green leaves. It bears white flowers in spring, which are followed by spherical dark red to scarlet berries that persist through the winter. Some fruit ripens to yellow or orange.
Care:  Adaptable to wet soil conditions and likes full sun to partial shade. Use as specimen tree or in a woodland garden. Plant or transplant in spring. Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Hollies are dioecius, so a few male plants are needed for a female plant to produce berries. Dwarf male cultivars are available for this purpose.
Propagation:  Semi-ripe cuttings in summer or early autumn.
Problems:  Young shoots are susceptible to aphids. Phytophtora root rot sometimes occurs.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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