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Ilex opaca

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

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

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, loam, sand

Height: 15'-30'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, evergreen, fall interest, hedging plant, ornamental foliage, poisonous, shade garden plant, showy fruit

Fruit of Ilex opaca (American holly)
  • Fruit of Ilex opaca (American holly)
  • Ilex opaca (American holly)
  • Ilex opaca (American holly)
  • Fruit of Ilex opaca (American holly)

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Description

Ilex opaca

Also known as:

American holly

,

Christmas holly

Scientific Synonyms:

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Threatened: PA

Classification

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 opaca American holly