Winterberry 'Have Some Questions'
This year I made a garden bed that measures about 19 x 8. Behind this bed is a dog-eared fence only about 4-5 feet tall, so I would definately like something that would be a little higher than the fence behind it for interest.
The area only receives part sun (some in the early afternoon hours and some in the early evening), dappled here and there).
I am in Zone 5B (Illinois) and trying to incorporate interests in this small area for all seasons.
So far in the bed for spring/summer I have Coneflower (Magnus and White Swan), Raspberry Bee Balm and plan on adding Jacobs Cline for next year.
I was thinking of putting winterberry there and have some questions (well lots of questions).
Is Winterberry poisonous to animals (dogs)?
Which one should I purchase (male and female matches for berries). I would like the shrub to be about 5 feet tall or a little higher.
Is the shrub in tree form or in shrub form (like a lilac)?
This will be in my front yard so I do not want the bed to get too crowded.
Does anyone have pictures of their winterberries they can show me. (In the summer, I would really like to know what it looks like).
Do the leaves have a fall color and about what time do they drop?
How fast do they grow? I see that Bluestone Perennials has a Berry Nice and a male pollinator Jim Dandy) available for Spring 2008. Bluestone ships really small plants though.
I am also worried about my sun/shade issue too.
I know, alot to ask......Thanks everyone for your help :)