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Ilex laevigata

Ilex laevigata (Pursh) A. Gray

Smooth Winterberry

Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red, scarlet

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: CT , DC , DE , MA , MD , ME , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , VA
Native Habitat: wooded swamps, mostly at low altitude

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Organic, Clay, Loam, Sandy


Attracts: Birds

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Shrubs for playground barrier hedge in Darien CT
December 07, 2009
I am working on my Eagle Scout project which is a barrier hedge in front of a playground at our town's baseball field to protect the kids from getting hit by balls. The fence would be 4 feet tall an...
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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

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


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

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