American Holly

Common Name: American Holly

Scientific Name: Ilex opaca

Family: Aquifoliaceae 

Type: Broadleaf Evergreen

Habitat: Woodlands, Along Rivers

Native: Yes

Height: Up to 60 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Well drained, Moist

Description: The American Holly is a native broadleaf evergreen tree that is often identified by its prickly leaves and its bright red berries. The American Holly is a dioecious species, which means that it has separate male and female trees. Therefore, both male and female trees must be present for berries to grow on the female trees. The American Holly prefers to grow in well drained soil with partly shady conditions in moist woodlands or along rivers. These photos of an American Holly tree were taken next to the Mahan Manor and along the Cross Country Trail at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.