Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia

Myrtle-leaf Holly

Aquifoliaceae

Also known as Ilex myrtifolia

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow,red
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Showy fruits

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Good winter interest in a wetland setting. Would make a good wet-site hedge
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:Friends, Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
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:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Fruits are eaten by birds.

Insects:
 

Bees pollinate flowers. 

Native Habitats:Wet-moist sites. Typically found in shallow wetland areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Not frequently cultivated, but worthy of consideration in appropriate sites for its long-lasting colorful fruits.  Fruits can be red or yellow.