Lusterleaf Holly


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Broad-leaved evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach 40 feet in height with a 20 – 25-foot spread, but is usually seen at half that size. It is a broadleaf evergreen with six-inch long, glossy, dark green and leathery leaves with serrated margins. New shoots droop under the weight of the emerging leaves creating a full-crowned, round or slightly pyramidal canopy. Inconspicuous yellowish-white spring flowers and small, brick red berries (on female plants only) in dense clusters through the winter. Male and female plants must be planted to ensure production of the berries.
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Scientific name: Ilex latifolia
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Pronunciation: EYE-lecks lat-ih-FOLW-ee-uh
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Common name: Lusterleaf Holly
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Family: Aquifoliaceae
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USDA hardiness zones: 7 through 9, can also be grown in warmer areas.
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Origin: not native to North America.

Uses: planters, espaliers, hedges, medium size tree.

Height: 20 – 25 feet
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Spread: 15 – 25 feet
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Leaf arrangement: alternate
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Leaf type: simple
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Leaf margin:
serrate; spiny
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Leaf venation:
pinnate
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Leaf blade length: 4 to 8 inches

Fall color: no fall color change.
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Flowers: yellowish white with pleasant fragrances in spring.
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Fruit: round, fleshy, brick red, attracts birds.
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Location: shade/part sun
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Soil tolerances: clay, loam, sand, slightly alkaline or acidic if well drained.
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Drought tolerance: moderately high.

Note: Lusterleaf holly contrasts well with other plants and is a striking specimen plant on its own. The cultivar 'Wirt L. Winn' is known for its excellent form and foliage color

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