Holly, Smooth Winterberry
Smooth Winterberry is similar to the common Winterberry (Ilex verticellata) but is much less common in cultivation. The finely toothed deciduous leaves are glossy above and not dull as with common Winterberry. Female plants produce attractive red berries which are eaten by birds. This plant occurs in the Atlantic Coast states from southern Maine to South Carolina (possibly Georgia). It is uncommon in the southern portion of it's range. Usually found in acid swamps and seepage areas, often with White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides). In cultivation it should be planted in acid sandy soil with adequate moisture. Plants offered are unsexed seedlings of South Carolina provenance shared with us by Mike Creel.
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8