American Holly – Ilex opaca

Location: 8118 Gannon, two at corners of the house.

The American holly tree is a slow growing evergreen native to shady woodlands and coastal areas in the eastern United States in zones 5-9. These trees grow between 30 -60 feet tall with a spread of 18-35 feet. They have a pyramidal shape with dense branches which reach the ground. The leaves are spiny and dark green.

These trees produce tiny small white flowers, followed by clusters of bright red berries. The berries make the trees popular for Christmas decorations. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained moist soil. Male and female trees must be planted together for fruiting to occur. Native Americans used the berries for buttons for clothing.

Beautifying University City, MO