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Ilex cassine

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Evergreens

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium, high

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, alkaline, loam, clay, sand

Height: 15'-30'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11

Additional Tags: berries, bog plant, evergreen, fall interest, hedging plant, ornamental foliage, showy fruit

Ilex cassine (dahoon)
  • Ilex cassine (dahoon)
  • Ilex cassine (dahoon)

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Ilex cassine

Also known as:

dahoon holly



Scientific Synonyms:


The leaves of Ilex cassine are glossy, oblong, lightly serrated at the tips, and more supple than most hollies. The white flowers are inconspicuous, however they give way to a profusion of bright red berries that can persist until the following spring. Left alone, it can reach a height of 30', but also does well if trimmed to form a hedge or tall evergreen privacy screen.


Dahoon holly is a versatile plant that is native to southern bogs. Though it is adapted to having "wet feet", it does very well in urban environments and sidewalk boxes were the soil might get compacted. It will produce a denser canopy in full sun, but keep in mind that this species is not drought tolerant and might need some irrigation if planted in exposed areas or in the southernmost parts of its natural range. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants, therefore one or more of each should be planted nearby if the highly decorative berries they can produce are desired. A spring bloomer, April-May. Zones 8-11


Propagate from freshly collected ripe seeds.

Additional Notes

Adaptable to most soils and confined spaces, Ilex cassine can also be used as a Bonsai specimen. The abundant red berries are attractive to a variety of wildlife, and are also often used for Christmas decorations.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Celastrales
Family Aquifoliaceae Holly family
Genus Ilex holly
Species Ilex cassine dahoon holly