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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.

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