Ilex cassine

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Dahoon Holly


Plant Specifics

Size:20-30 ft tall, spread 10-15 ft.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring. Fruits ripen in fall and persist into winter.
Habitats:Dome swamps, coastal flatwoods, transitional edges of dome swamps in flatwoods, coastal flatwoods, bay swamps, cutthroat seep.


Recommended Uses:Specimen tree.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Fruits are eaten by birds and small mammals.

Bees pollinate flowers. Documented bee visitors include  Hylaeus confluens, Augochlorapura, Augochlorella gratiosa, Dialictus placidensis and Sphecodes heracle (Deyrup et al. 2002).