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Ilex montana [=Ilex ambigua var. montana]

Mountain Holly, Mountain Winterberry

Scientific Name:

Ilex montana [=Ilex ambigua var. montana]

Genus:

Ilex

Species Epithet:

montana

Common Name:

Mountain Holly, Mountain Winterberry

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests, rarely bogs or bog edges. Strictly in the mountains and foothills. Frequent to common in its NC range, and reasonably widespread, being found in practically all of the mountain counties and those along the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

This species is dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants) so you need both sexes for the fruit production.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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