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Ilex decidua/Deciduous Holly

Ilex decidua / Ilex decidua
Deciduous tree in heavy fruit
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Deciduous tree in heavy fruit

Fruiting branch in winter silhouetted against a blue sky

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Scientific Name: Ilex decidua
Common Name: Deciduous Holly
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Berries produced only on female trees and they are usually red. However, there are selections with orange and yellow fruit. Birds eat the berries only as a last resort and they generally fall from the tree as new leaves come out in spring. The easy to grow holly is spectacular in the winter landscape with its show of many, many berries. It makes a nice, easy to grow, carfree, colorful tree in the landscape.