* Prickly evergreen leaves, 2-4".
* Fruits bright red, rarely yellow, in small clusters.
* Nutlets grooved.
* Height: 10-40'.
* Flowers May - June.
* Fruits August - June.
* Habitat: Native to moist woods, but planted elsewhere as an ornamental
* Range: Coastal New England to Texas.
* Holly lumber is used for piano keys, ship models, and for inlay work.
* Holly is toxic to some animals, but its fruits are eaten by
various songbirds, bobwhite, and wild turkey.
* The holly is an ancient and ubiquitous symbol of Christmas.
Here is the first verse of a traditional English Christmas carol, "The
Holly and the Ivy":
"The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,The holly bears the crown.
O the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.