American Holly 59

Scientific Name

llex opaca


The height of American holly or Christmas holly ranges from 25 feet to 60 feet in the warmer parts of its range. The stout, stiff branches of this pyramidal evergreen bear dark green, non-glossy, spine-tipped leaves. Bright red berries occur on the female plants. The bark is a light gray color. Many kinds of songbirds, gamebirds, and mammals eat the bitter berries