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Ilex decidua 
Possumhaw Holly

Item #: 3177
Category: Wildflowers
Habit: Perennial
Bloom: Fall Berries
Height: Small Tree
Planting Rates: Pkt covers 20 sq. ft.

1 pkt. - $6.00



Soil Moisture

Sand Loam Clay Caliche  Full  Partial Dappled Shade
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Small understory tree that is often called deciduous yaupon. The female plants are covered with red berries through the winter. The berries provide a welcome nutritious snack in the late winter months. I have witnessed a group of cedar waxwings strip a bush in a day. Robins, Thrashers, Blue Jays and small mammals will also enjoy this winter bounty. In the butterfly family, the dusky-blue groundstreak uses Possumhaw for a host plant. Possumhaw beats the non-native pyracantha bush hands down in sustainability and berry production plus Possumhaw doesn't have any wicked thorns to deal with.

hard red berries laying on top of pecan shell mulch (above)


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