Ilex decidua

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Possum Haw


Plant Specifics

Size:20 ft tall by 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red
Habitats:Floodplains, upland hardwood forests, thickets.


Recommended Uses:Understory tree in informal garden or woodland setting.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
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:Organic material (muck), Sand



Nuthatches, thrushes, orioles, jays, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, grosbeacks, woodpeckers, and warblers use the seeds.

Bees pollinate the flowers.