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American Holly


American Holly Tree
Of the 29 species of North American hollies, American holly is the only tree-sized holly that keeps its leaves through the winter. The American holly is well-known for providing popular decoration around Christmas and the holiday season. Lots of American hollies can be found scattered throughout the Ramble.

Common Name: American Holly

Scientific Name: Ilex opaca

Origin: Eastern and south-central United States

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Size: 33'-66' tall, 18'-40' wide

Form: Pyramidal

Culture: Grows in both dry and swampy soil

Leaves

Waxy green leaves that are evergreen with one to eight spines on each side and a sharply pointed tip

Flower

Greenish white and small

Fruit

.25" - .5" holly fruits each contain four very hard yellow seeds, provide food for birds in the cold months

Bark

Smooth and gray on younger trees, may become ridged and warty over time