Scientific Name: Ilex opaca

Trail Location: 23

American Holly - Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Spring 2019

  1. General Info
  2. Flowers
  3. Leaves
  4. Fruit
  5. Wildlife Value
  6. Addtional Info

Plant Type: Evergreen

Family: Aquifoliaceae (Holly)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

USDA Plant Id: ilop

Height: 15 - 30

Spread: 20 - 30

Flower:: Showy

Bloom Information:: White flowers that turn to red berries.

Leaf Image:

Leaf Description:: Pointed thick leaves.

Fall Leaf Color:: None. Evergreen.

Fruit Image:

Fruit Description: Berries that go from green to red.

The red berries are eaten by birds and various mammals and make a great winter diet when other food sources are scarce. Although animals love the berries, they are poisonous to humans.

Henry's Elfin - Callophrys henrici

Missouri Botanical: Missouri Botanical

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Citations: Leaf Image by Robert H. Mohlenbrock, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995.