Possumhaw Holly (Ilex decidua) in the Ilex Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Other: The fruit is the main feature, a beautiful orange red until it ripens and the birds devour it.
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®


Plant Events from our members
ricelg On December 24, 2017 Seeds sown
Winter sowed in plastic jug. Morning/early pm sun in front of north face of retaining wall by pool
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Merry Christmas to All - 2016 by RickM Jan 3, 2017 9:07 PM 43
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