What’s all that red out there?
And wow, are they loaded with fruit this year!
Poisonous to humans, they will provide food for birds and small mammals. Like other hollies, this one native to North America is dioecious – there are male plants and female ones. Unlike other hollies, this one is deciduous. After the first frost, the leaves will turn dark and drop off. But the berries will remain through the winter.
- USDA Plant Database: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ilve
- Lady Bird Johnson: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ILVE
- American Beauties: http://www.abnativeplants.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.plantdetail/plant_ID/40/index.htm