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Lamar Alexander Parkway (US 321) Townsend, TN 37882

American Holly

Scientific Name: Ilex opaca

Trail Location: 23

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American Holly - Townsend River Walk & Arboretum - Spring 2019
Plant Type:
Evergreen

Family:
Aquifoliaceae (Holly)

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

USDA Plant Id:
ilop

Height:
15 - 30
ft.
Spread:
20 - 30
ft.


Flower:
Showy

Bloom Information:
White flowers that turn to red berries.


Leaf Description:
Pointed thick leaves.

Fall Leaf Color:
None. Evergreen.

Fruit Description
Berries that go from green to red.

Host Plant for the Following Butterflies
Henry's Elfin - Callophrys henrici

Wildlife Value
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.

 

 

American Holly Evergreen