American Holly

Scientific Name: Ilex opaca

American Holly Tree

Attributes

Evergreen
Flowering

Plant Family

Aquifoliaceae

Origin

Eastern and south-central United States

Form

Pyramidal

Plant Size

33-66 feet tall, 18-40 feet wide

Description

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.

American Holly Leaf

Leaves

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

Fruit

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

Flower

Greenish white and small
American Holly Bark

Bark

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