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Ilex amelanchier

Ilex amelanchier M.A. Curtis ex Chapm.

Sarvis holly, Swamp holly

Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: ILAM2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Fruit:
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May

Distribution

USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC
Native Distribution: Coastal plain from NC to LA
Native Habitat: Sandy swamps; wet woods; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Water 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.

Propagation

Description: Seeds germinate best if planted immediately after collection. They may be pretreated with double-stratification but the essential element seems to be time. Once internal conditions in the seed are right (it may take years), it will germinate in warm, mo
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Some benefit may be obtained from 30-60 days treatment at 68-86 degrees followed by 60-90 days of 41 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ilex amelanchier in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ilex amelanchier in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ilex amelanchier

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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