Ilex opaca

American Holly

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Upright; conical; pyramidal in youth; with age open, irregular with high branches at wide angles
Mature Height - 40-60'
Mature Width - 20-40'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Staminate in cymes, pistillate 1-3 on a peduncle, dull white, 4-lobed
Fruit - Berry-like, dull red rounded drupe, 4 pyrenes
Leaf - 1.5 to 3.5" alternate, simple leaf; dark green, spiny, leathery
Fall Color - None, evergreen.
Bark - Smooth light gray bark.
Other Features - Larval food for Henry's elfin butterfly; berries attracts birds; tolerates air pollution
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Needs moderately fertile, moist, loose, acid, well-drained soil. Sun to partial shade; avoid extremely dry, windy, and wet sites.
Native Habitat - Massachusetts to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas
Diseases and Insects - Holly leaf miner,bud moth, scales, beetles
Strength -
Weakness -

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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Holly.
- Other plants of the family Aquifoliaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Ilex.
- Other plants of the species Ilex opaca.