Ilex cassine

Dahoon Holly

  • Family: Aquifoliaceae
  • Form: Small evergreen tree reaching 20 to 30 feet
  • Leaves: Glabrous, simple, alternate, pinnately veined, two to three inches long, entire or with small spines at the apex
  • Stem/Bark: Mottled brown/gray, thin and smooth when young and easily damaged by machinery but can become warty when older
  • Flower: Dioecious, occurring in inconspicuous, white, axillary cymes, each with 4 petals
  • Fruit: Round berry, less than 0.5 inch in diameter, red and fleshy, attractive to wildlife
  • Comments: Ilex cassine is one of 12 Ilex species native to Florida. It has larger leaves and less abundant fruit than the related Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia
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