From Iris Clearwater and Chris Kolb, Senior Gardeners:
While Heritage has closed for the season, the gardens are still exploding with vibrant color, and we will continue to share what’s blooming throughout the fall and winter.
Ilex verticillata, commonly called winterberry, is a deciduous holly that is native to eastern North America where it typically occurs in swamps, damp thickets, low woods, and along ponds and streams. This is a slow-growing, deciduous shrub with an upright-rounded habit that typically grows 3-12’ tall. In the wild, it often suckers to form large thickets or colonies. Fall color is usually negligible, but in some years leaves may turn attractive shades of maroon. Relatively inconspicuous greenish-white flowers appear in the leaf axils in late spring. Flowers, if properly pollinated, give way to a crop of bright red berries (1/4” diameter) in late summer to fall. Berries are quite showy and will persist throughout the winter (hence the common name) and often into early spring. Berries provide considerable impact and interest to the winter landscape.
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.