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Ilex ambigua (Michx.) Torr.
USDA Symbol: ILAM
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Deciduous shrub or sometimes a small tree with irregular or rounded crown.
This holly is recognized by the usually elliptical, rather than round, translucent fruit and by the petals, which sometimes number 5 instead of 4. The Latin species name, meaning ambiguous or doubtful, suggests uncertainty in the classification when the species was first distinguished and named.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV Native Distribution:
North Carolina to central Florida, west to E. Texas and SE. Oklahoma; to 1000 (3-5 m). Native Habitat:
Moist well-drained soils of upland forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff