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Ilex verticillata Sweethearts - Jim Dandy/Berry Nice Combo

Ilex verticillata Sweethearts - Jim Dandy/Berry Nice Combo

Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy/Berry Nice'

Sweethearts Winterberry

The combination of Jim Dandy and Berry Nice 'Sweethearts' creates a self-pollinating plant that produces an abundance of bright red berries in the fall. Each complements the other in their growth habit and blooming time. The  leaves are reddish as they appear in the spring maturing to dark green in summer.  As fall approaches the leave turn yellow and as they drop the abundant bright red berries are revealed, presisting through winter providing food for birds. The foliage is mildew resistant.

We offer Sweethearts 24" to 30" in a 5 gallon container.

More About Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy/Berry Nice'

  • Perfect combination for berries
  • Adds winter interest to the landscape
  • Attracts birds
  • Good for cut flower or dried arrangements
  • Adaptable to light and heavy soil but prefers moist conditions

Sweethearts Winterberry Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grows in partial shade of full sun.  Prefers moist slightly acid soil.  Prune in spring before new growth emerges to keep a formal appearance.  Fertlize with an all purpose fertlizer when needed.


6-8 Feet


6-8 Feet


6-8 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy/Berry Nice' Characteristics


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife

  • Attracts Songbirds

Soil Moisture

  • Wet Soil/Wetlands
  • Moist, Well-Drained


  • Naturalizing
  • Dried Flower/Foliage
  • Mass Planting
  • Low Maintenance
  • Native
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Fast Growing
  • Focal Point

Foliage Color

  • Dark Green


  • Mounding
  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Genus Overview: Ilex

Common Name: Winterberry

The verticillata is native to the eastern and central United State and some parts of Canada. A slow growing deciduous shrub, with an upright and oval-round shape has tiny white flowers along the stems in spring before the dark green leaves emerge. Leaf color is yellowish with a tinge of purple in the fall. A male plant needs to be present in order for the female to produce berries. This versatile plant adapts to many soil types and is very useful in wet areas in full sun or partial shade. Excellent when used as a border, hedge or in mass planting. Excellent shrub for moist soils in low spots or along streams and ponds.