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Ilex latifolia /Luster-Leaf Holly

Ilex latifolia  / Ilex latifolia
Foliage and berries of this very tough and hardy coarse textured holly
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Foliage and berries of this very tough and hardy coarse textured holly

Green immature berries in mid summer

Berries and foliage

Leaves with short marginal spines

Young tree in full sunlight in southeast Texas

Some years the fruit set can be quite heavy

Branches on a large, old specimen at the Biedenharn gardens in Monroe, LA

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Scientific Name: Ilex latifolia
Common Name: Luster-Leaf Holly
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Has bold, coarse-textured, luxuriant foliage that gives this evergreen tree positive presence in the garden. It is used as an espalier, for screens, barriers, accent and as a specimen. It is tolerant to drought conditions. Like all hollies, berries are produced only on female plants. Berries not generally eaten by birds or other wildlife.