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Ilex ambigua (Michx.) Torr.
Synonym(s): Ilex beadlei, Ilex buswellii, Ilex caroliniana, Ilex montana var. beadlei, Ilex montana var. mollis
USDA Symbol: ilam
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff