Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

Southern Gentleman Winterberry

  • Dark green leaves
  • Spring flowers
  • Pollinates southern varieties of winterberry
  • Height: 6-8 Feet
  • Spread: 6-8 Feet
  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

Interesting Notes:

While Ilex v. 'Southern Gentleman' is best for pollinating southern winterberry varieties, Ilex v. 'Jim Dandy' is a compact male pollinator for all northern types.

One male plant can pollinate many female plants. A good rule of thumb is one male to six females.

One can determine the sex of a winterberry when it is in bloom by examining the small flowers. If the flowers have projecting stamens, it is a male plant. If the flowers only have a rounded bump in the center, then it is a female plant.

'Southern Gentleman' requires no more effort to grow than any other winterberry, looking only for regular moisture, although they are quite adaptable to a range of sites.

'Southern Gentleman' was named and introduced by the nurseryman Bob Simpson, of Vincennes, Indiana.

Southern Gentleman Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist, Well-Drained
Attracts Wildlife
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Erosion Control
Mass Planting
Wetlands and Streambank Stabilization
Border or Bed
Foliage Color
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