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  American Holly  
Common Name: American Holly
Latin Name: Ilex opaca
Tree Size: Medium
Leaf Type: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Water Needs: Moderate
Tolerances: Partial to heavy shade, salty soil or sea-spray, drought, poorly drained sites, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, attractive seeds or fruit, seeds or fruit eaten by wildlife
Features: Glossy, evergreen leaves and bright red berries create a striking winter appearance.
Comments: A striking landscape tree, can be used as a screen. Plant away from pedestrian areas.
Problems: Thin bark is easily damaged; leaves have thorny margin; fruit drop.
Firewise: Yes
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