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Ilex latifolia

Common Name(s):
Lusterleaf Holly
Cultivar(s):
'Mary Nell'
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Requires both male and female plants to produce berries; drought tolerant; shiny leaves; excellent evergreen specimen, hedge, or espalier; 'Mary Nell' has heavy set of red fruit.

Wildlife Value: Flowers attract bees and blue black fruits are enjoyed by birds. Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksi.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
20-25 ft.
Flower:
Deep, dull red fruit borne in dense clusters; persist into spring
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Pyramidal to rounded; dense
Width:
7-12 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
Alternate, simple lustrous dark green leaves
Tags:
bees, drought tolerant, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2014

Ilex latifolia Ilex latifolia growth habit
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Ilex latifolia Leaves and Fruit
Kristine_Paulus, CC BY - 2.0
Ilex latifolia Leaves and Fruit
Wendy_Cutler, CC BY - 2.0