Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub (Ilex verticillata ‘Apollo’)

Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub

$19.95

What is Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub

Planted to pollinate female Winter Red Winterberries, the Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub is essential for enjoying the classic, festive berries you’ve come to love. And while Apollo doesn’t produce the showy red berries, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy that timeless red winter ornamental without it.

And you only have to plant one Apollo for every six Winter Reds. Plant within 50 feet of female hollies and this Winterberry variety will pollinate six of them. It’s the muscle in this operation—doing all the work and saving you money at the same time.

Plus, it withstands cold and heat. Apollos don’t mind freezing temperatures. In fact, they can survive in -10 degrees. But it also grows without problems as far south as Florida.

For starters, our Apollo Winterberry adapts to your environment with ease. From sandy to dry to wet soils, polluted or salty air, and shade or sun…it will continue to grow and bloom. And it does have beautiful flowers and leaves – creamy white flowers form in clusters all over this holly berry bush in late spring, and its dense foliage makes the perfect barrier.

But the best part? We’ve planted, grown and shipped our Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub with absolute care. And now, you reap the rewards of our hard work at the nursery without any effort on your part. No need to visit big box since you’ll have a well-rooted, healthy variety shipped right to your door.

Build your own sanctuary with the help of the Apollo Holly.

Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub (Ilex verticillata 'Apollo') Ilex verticillata 'Apollo'

How to Grow and Care for Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub

Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub (Ilex verticillata ‘Apollo’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 5-9 outdoors

Sun exposure

Plant your Holly in an area with full to partial sun – at least 4 hours of sunlight daily.

Fertilizing

Fertilization isn’t required for your Holly, but you can apply an evergreen fertilizer in the spring as needed.

Planting

The Ilex verticillata, commonly called the Apollo Holly, grows best in full sunlight or partial shade. The plant also tolerates well-draining, average soil.

Dig a hole twice the diameter of the Apollo Holly’s root ball and just as deep. Moisten the hole with water before planting the holly. Place the plant’s roots into the hole. Fill the hole in with dirt and tamp the soil firmly down around the roots to remove any air pockets.

Watering

Water the Apollo Holly thoroughly after planting to help settle the roots. Keep the plant moist for the first year of growth to help the plant establish a firm root system. Water the plant at least once per week, especially during periods of drought for optimum growth. After the first year, your natural rainfall will be sufficient, except in times of extreme heat.

Fertilizing

Fertilize the Apollo Holly in the early spring or fall using a general purpose fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for ratio requirements.

Pruning

Prune the Apollo Holly Shrub in the fall or winter during non-growth periods. And remove any broken or dead branches. The plant spreads through root suckers, so to control growth, the suckers should be pruned away or dug up.

Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub (Ilex verticillata ‘Apollo’) Details

Common name Apollo Winterberry Holly Shrub
Botanical name Ilex verticillata 'Apollo'
Plant type Shrubs, Hedges
Hardiness zone 5-9 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 10-12 ft.
Width 10-12 ft.