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Holly, Possumhaw

Ilex decidua   
EYE-lex dee-SID-you-uh

Ht. 20’ Spread 15’
Deciduous – Sun/Shade
Ht. 20’ Spread 15’
Spacing 12’-15’

HABIT:  Bushy growth if not trimmed, small leaves, red berries on bare branches all winter long – on female plants only. Male plants don’t have berries but grow larger.

CULTURE:  Easy, any soil, drought tolerant.

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. Native to southeastern USA to Texas.

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