Mountain Winterberry is a deciduous evergreen tree or shrub in the Holly family that grows mostly in North Carolina's mountains, but also in the Piedmont. It grows primarily at higher elevations in mesic woods from New Jersey to Georgia. The leaves of this holly are big and spinless, and the fruit is larger than other hollies. Because it is dioecious, it requires both a male and female plant to bear fruit.
* Sometimes a tree, more often a shrub to about 15', bright red fruits, grows on woody slopes from New York south to Georgia, west to Alabama (range of origin).
Botanical Name : Ilex montana
Common Name : Mountain Holly
Height : 3 – 15 ft
Spread : 8 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires 4-6 months warm stratification followed by 120 days cold stratification
Hardiness zone : 5-7
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1875