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Ilex myrtifolia [= Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia]

Myrtle Holly, Myrtle Dahoon

Scientific Name:

Ilex myrtifolia [= Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia]

Genus:

Ilex

Species Epithet:

myrtifolia

Common Name:

Myrtle Holly, Myrtle Dahoon

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:

Limesink (doline) ponds, wet savannas (Weakley 2015). Common 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

Notes:

Endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain.

Myrtle Dahoon in berry.

image

Jorge Vigueras, 2010, Green Swamp

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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