Ilex opaca var. arenicola

scrub holly

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 12-20 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits, thorns, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. Slow growing.
Considerations: Leaves have sharp spines. 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 propagated from seed, but slow to 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
Soil pH Range: acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Pollinated by bees, moths, and other insects. Fruits principally eaten by birds.
Native Habitats: Scrub.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   9A,9B,10A

Other

Ethnobotany: The wood is pale, tough, close-grained, takes a good polish, and is used for handles, engraving blocks, and cabinet work. It can also be dyed and used as a substitute for ebony.