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Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'NCIV3'

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Little Goblin Guy Winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'NCIV3') at Frisella Nursery

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Black Alder

Brand:  Proven Winners


This selection is the recommended pollinator for Little Goblin Red and Little Goblin Orange; plays a role in getting the best from these varieties; great in particularly wet sites, needs acidic soil

Ornamental Features

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry has forest green deciduous foliage on a plant with a round habit of growth. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Little Goblin® Guy Winterberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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