Ilex decidua (EYE-lex dee-SID-you-uh)
Deciduous Sun or Shade Height 20 feet Spread 15 feet Spacing 12 - 15 feet
HABIT: Bushy growth if not trimmed, small leaves, red berries on bare branches all winter long—on female plants only.
CULTURE: Easy to grow in most soils, drought tolerant but tolerant of moist soils.
USES: Winter color, understory tree, specimen garden tree.
PROBLEMS: Suckers from base, buying male plants accidentally.
NOTES: Best to purchase when the berries can be seen on the plant. The male is not worth much unless used for the contrast. Native to southeastern USA to Texas.