Ilex ambigua

Carolina Holly, Sand Holly

Aquifoliaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Plant as a small understory tree. Good as a general background plant that is appropriate to wildlife.
Considerations:It's dioecious; so make sure you have at least one male plant in the vicinity to produce berries on the females.
Propagation:Softwood cuttings started in spring. Seeds of most holly species require 2-3 years of dormancy before they will germinate.
Availability:-
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Fruits are eaten by birds.

Insects:
 

Bees pollinate flowers. 

Native Habitats:Dry hammocks, sandhills, scrub, dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

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