Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
The attractive bright red fruit of winterberry is eaten by small mammals and more than 48 species of birds. Warning: Although this shrub species is a good provider of wildlife food, its fruits are poisonous to humans. The persistent bright red fruit of this shrub make it very popular for landscaping. It is recommended for planting in shady moist areas, even though its growth and form are best under open grown conditions. Winterberry is an erect moderate sized shrub, growing to heights of 5 to 15 feet tall. Bareroot seedlings are 6-12".