Common Name: American Holly
Scientific Name: Ilex opaca
Type: Broadleaf Evergreen
Habitat: Woodlands, Along Rivers
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.