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Cultural Details for Ilex verticillata 'Afterglow'

Common Name:
Afterglow Winterberry Holly; Black Alder; Coralberry; Michigan Holly

Growth Rate:
Slow. Medium growth with adequate fertilizer and water.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Inconspicuous; greenish to white, FEMALE flowers early through late June, borne singly or in pairs or trios.

Fruit Details:
Needs a nearby male for fruit production. Berry-like rounded one-seeded fruit, 0.25-0.50" across, often in pairs. Green during growing season, vivid orange to reddish-orange in fall and winter. May persist till spring. Poisonous if eaten by humans.

Fall Color:
Little if any fall color in leaves. Of interest is the vivid orange to reddish-orange fruit.

Bark Details:
Dark gray to dark brown or black on old stems, interesting twist to branches. Smooth with some lenticels.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Tar spots, leaf spots. Powdery mildew, infrequent and nothing serious.

Native Habitat:
Native on edge of woods or in swamps from Novia Scotia to western Ontario, west to Wisconsin, south to Florida, and west to Missouri. Hardy to Zone 4.

Other Features:
Deciduous, compact habit, globe shape, glossy green leaves smaller than typical. Fruit beautiful in snow setting.

Culture and Care:
Transplant B & B or as container plant. Adaptable to wet conditions. Prefers moist, acid, high organic soil. Best pollinated with "Jim Dandy", and best fruit production in sun.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
9074, 9075, 9076

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.