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87.‘Carolina #2’ Holly

Ilex opaca ‘Carolina #2’


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
5 – 9
40 – 50
18 – 40
In youth: openly pyramidal with branches to the ground; At maturity: full, irregular and picturesque
Full sun or partial shade
Moist, loose, acidic, well-drained soil preferable
dull, white, 4-lobed, inconspicuous
berry-like, dull, red, rounded drupe maturing in October and persisting into the winter
Landscape use:
Specimen plant; groupings
Native range is Massachusetts to Florida and west to Missouri and Texas; introduced in 1744

Many; leaf miner and scale are particularly troublesome

Significant Features:
Good, dark green form with heavy bright red fruit production; fairly common in the southeast


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