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Ilex Mr. Poppins® is the male pollinator, a dwarf variety, necessary for berry production on Ilex verticillata Berry Poppins®, Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy®, and Ilex verticillata Berry Nice®.
Mr. Poppins® and Berry Poppins® make a perfect couple. Tiny white flowers appear in spring on lush foliage, but no berries will develop on this Winterberry.
A ratio of one male (Ilex Mr. Poppins®) to ten females (Ilex Berry Poppins®, Berry Nic®e, or Berry Heavy®) is sufficient. Bees do the transporting, so even a distance of 50-75’ will work. Road salt tolerant.
Ilex verticillata are deciduous shrubs with bright red fruit. Overall shape is oval and rounded. Berries appear on females after flowering and mature to bright red, remaining until mid-winter or later. Provides welcome color in the winter landscape. Cut branches are welcome additions for holiday arrangements. Birds love the berries.
Proven Winners® selections are trialed and tested to be colorful, long blooming, carefree and easy to grow.
The best time to prune is late winter or early spring. Remove some of the old wood to promote new young growth that will produce extra heavy berrying.
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