American holly

Holly Season

American holly (Ilex opaca) is native to the southern and eastern United States. It’s popular as an ornamental tree in these regions, valued for its beautiful form, glossy green foliage, and bright red berries. The dense foliage of American holly provides shelter for animals and birds, and the fruit attracts songbirds in winter.

American holly and its European relative, English holly (Ilex aquifolium), have long been traditional symbols of Christmas cheer.  

Commercial growers in the Pacific Northwest and the southeastern U.S. produce holly for the nursery and floral trades.