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Carolina Holly, Sand Holly, Possum Holly
Ilex ambigua


An extremely rare plant in Texas, Carolina holly is hard to identify because its bright red, translucent fruit ripens in August or September and falls quickly. It is found in moist uplands, sandy woods and along streams in east Texas, including the Big Thicket. The fruit is without a stem.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: whitish

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: bright red, translucent drupe

Height: to 15 ft.

Width: to 12 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: high medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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