Now that the wheel of the year has brought us back into winter, our native holly trees sparkle in the surrounding forests once again.
I’ve found this 2013 post about our beautiful native Ilex opaca in the Forest Garden archives, and offer it again for your enjoyment.
Once most of the leaves have fallen in late autumn the woods just light up with our beautiful native holly trees. It is their time to sparkle in the wintery sunshine. Their broad, evergreen leaves are waxy on top and reflect what light reaches them through the forest canopy, and their berries have turned bright scarlet. Unobtrusive throughout the summer, they are among the few forest trees, along with our white pines, cedars, and Magnolias, which remain bright green and covered in leaves throughout the year.
The American Holly, Ilex opaca, is native along the Eastern seaboard in zones 5-9 from southern Connecticut south to Florida, and west into Eastern Texas. A sub variety, I. Opaca “Arenicola,” also known as “scrub holly”, grows in the…
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