Ilex amelanchier M.A. Curtis ex Chapman
Sarvis holly, Swamp holly
Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)
Shrubs or rarely trees to 15 ft. in height with pubescent, leathery leaves. Greenish-white, axillary flowers are followed by velvet-red, pea-sized, persistent fruits.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from NC to LA Native Habitat:
Sandy swamps; wet woods; stream banks USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist to wet, sandy to clay soils.
Conditions Comments: You must have both a male and female plant to have berries. The male must be the same species as the female and bloom at the same time. Because hollies are such popular landscape plants, it may be worth the risk to plant a female and hope there is a male nearby.
Last Update: 2007-01-01