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Order: Celastrales
   Family: Aquifoliaceae
            Genus: Ilex
                        Specie: opaca

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 50 ft (15 m)

Cultivation: Fertile well-drained soil

Features: Dull green leaves above, yellow-green beneath; red, orange or yellow berries

Uses: Foliage contrast Fruit contrast Hedge Windbreaks

Zones: 5-9

Description: This native of eastern and central USA is an erect evergreen shrub or small tree reaching a height of 50 ft (15 m). Its leaves are oblong to elliptic, smooth-edged or spiny with a leathery texture, dull matt green above, yellow-green on the underside. The

Growth Habit: Pyramidal habit

Comments: Many cultivars available

Growth: Perennial, multi-stemmed woody plant that is usually less than 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in height. Shrubs typically have several stems arising from or near the ground, but may be taller than 5 meters or single-stemmed under certain environmental cond

Growth: Perennial, woody plant with a single stem (trunk), normally greater than 4 to 5 meters (13 to 16 feet) in height; under certain environmental conditions, some tree species may develop a multi-stemmed or short growth form (less than 4 meters or 13 feet in

Duration: Perennial

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