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  Possumhaw (Deciduous Holly)  
Common Name: Possumhaw (Deciduous Holly)
Latin Name: Ilex decidua
Tree Size: Small
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Water Needs: Moderate
Tolerances: Drought, poorly drained sites, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, attractive seeds or fruit, seeds or fruit eaten by wildlife
Features: Orange or red berries on gray branches give interest through winter.
Comments: Striking native plant. Choose female plants in the nursery for the berries.
Problems: Thin bark is susceptible to mechanical injury.
Firewise: Yes
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