Ilex decidua

possum haw

Aquifoliaceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20 ft    Width: 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Understory tree in informal garden or woodland setting.
Considerations: It's dioecious; so make sure you have at least one male plant in the vicinity to produce berries on the females.
Propagation: Can be started from softwood cuttings in spring. Seeds of most holly species require 2-3 years of dormancy before they will germinate.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Nuthatches, thrushes, orioles, jays, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, grosbeacks, woodpeckers, and warblers use the seeds.
Native Habitats: Floodplains, upland hardwood forests, thickets.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B

Other

Other Comments: Rarely grown but worthy of consideration as an understory tree.