From:St. Marys, , PA Region: Mid-Atlantic Topic: Trees Title: Are hollies toxic? Answered by: Nan Hampton
Can I use holly from my landscaping to decorate food at Christmas?
Mr. Smarty Plants assumes you mean our native Ilex opaca (American holly) with its beautiful red berries. The North Carolina Poisonous Plants Database says that the berries in large quantities from Ilex opaca can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The Canadian Poisonous Plants Informations System agrees about the toxicity of Ilex opaca and also lists the berries of the English holly, Ilex aquifolium as being toxic. The foliage of these two hollies, apparently, is not poisonous. So, Mr. Smarty Plants recommends that you not put any berries on plates, platters or other containers with foods. You might decorate tables/counters with the holly, but make sure the berries aren't in place where they might be considered a food item by children and pets—or adults, for that matter.
Native landscaping plants for Sherman, Texas December 19, 2007 - We are starting from scratch on landscaping our new yard. We live in Sherman, TX and I would like to use plants and flowers that are native to Texas and have a good chance of surviving. What are you... view the full question and answer
What grows in Tampa FL July 01, 2013 - Please let me know what grows in the backyard in Tampa, FL to provide screening and privacy? view the full question and answer
Plants in bloom in April in Stuart FL February 24, 2012 - Can you tell me which plants I might reasonably expect to see in bloom in April of this year?
view the full question and answer
Leaves on 3 year old maple turning brown in Lebo, KS. July 16, 2011 - Hello, one of our five Maple trees which is is 3 yrs. old now, we saw a week ago that the leaves started turning brown and dropping. My question is: Will the tree survive this and return healthy next ... view the full question and answer
Madrones in Michigan? November 01, 2010 - Will a Arbutus menziesii (Pursh Pacific madrone) grow in Huron County Michigan?
I'm at the "tip of Michigan's thumb". view the full question and answer