American Holly (Ilex opaca)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Hollies . . . ] Forest Type: Multiple
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Found in many forest types; rarely in relatively pure stands; absent or existing only as scattered understory trees in areas near cities, due to Christmas destruction ("Deck the halls with wholesale slaughter").
Stature: 40-60 feet high (usually smaller); to 2 feet in diameter; with a dense crown.
Leaves: Evergreen; 2-4 inches long; simple; alternate; leathery; with spiny teeth; yellowish green above; paler below.
Bark: Thin; grayish; smooth, with warty areas.
Fruit: A round berry; to about a quarter inch wide; bright red.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2007, April). American holly (Ilex opaca). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/ilex_opaca.html