Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Myrtle-leaf Holly


Also known as Ilex myrtifolia

Plant Specifics

Size:6-25 ft.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow,red
Phenology:Evergreen shrub to small tree. Blooms in springs. Red to yellow fruits ripen in fall and persist into winter.
Habitats:Wet-moist sites. Typically found in shallow wetland areas.


Recommended Uses:Good winter interest in a wetland setting. Would make a good wet-site hedge
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Fruits are eaten by birds.

Bees pollinate flowers.