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POSSUMHAW
Ilex decidua

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Photo Locations: LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and The National Arboretum - Washington, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Branches droop but resist breakage. Unlike most hollies, this one looses its leaves in the fall.

Native to Central and South Eastern United States.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Additional Common Names

POSSUMHAW HOLLY, DECIDUOUS HOLLY

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 6 - 20 feet.

Width: 6 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Elliptic, Green, No Change, Deciduous.

Flowers Inconspicuous. White. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Persistent, Red or Orange Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Wildlife use it.

Bark Gray, Rough or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Buffer Strip or Container.

Bonsai.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ilex decidua Tree Record." 1995-2017. Oct 20, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/ilex-decidua >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.