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Ilex purpurea

Common Name(s):
Purple holly
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Ilex purpurea is a large species of holly. An evergreen, its flowers are either male or female, one sex per plant. Both male and female must be planted if fruit and seed are desired. It has smooth gray bark.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Ilex support the following specialized bee: Colletes banksiThis plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
30-50 ft.
Flower:
Purplish pink to red flowers; shiny red fruit
Zones:
8-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Single trunk tree
Width:
20-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
2-4.2 in. alternate, simple leaves
Tags:
bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, bark, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2016

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