Ilex Verticillata

Nothing says holidays quite like Ilex Verticillata, also known as Winterberry. This shrub is a species of holly native to North America. At the end of the season Ilex branches are covered in large, vivid red berries which attracts birds and brightens the winter landscape. In order to produce berries, a male plant must be present to pollinate the female fruit bearng shrubs. 

Ilex in fall.

Jill and Gina bring in the branches.

These berry laden branches are surprisingly heavy! 

Ilex and Magnolia

Ilex bundles.