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Plant Details

Ilex cassine

Dahoon, Dahoon Holly, Cassena

Scientific Name:

Ilex cassine

Genus:

Ilex

Species Epithet:

cassine

Common Name:

Dahoon, Dahoon Holly, Cassena

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Blackwater stream swamps, pocosins, nearly always in very acid peaty or sandy sites (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Dahoon habitat

Dahoon grows around cypress ponds, as here in Carolina Beach State Park, in pocosins, and in swamps, nearly always in very acid soil.

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Paynter, February 2011

Berries

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Leaves

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Bark

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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