Ilex latifoliaIlex latifolia

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Ilex latifolia
  • PRONUNCIATION: I-leks lat-ti-FOL-e-a
  • COMMON NAME: Lusterleaf Holly
  • FAMILY: Aquifoliaceae
  • NATIVITY: Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Pyramidal tree with dense growth.
  • SIZE: 50 - 60' in its native habitat, 15 - 25' in cultivation
  • HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9
  • CULTURE: Full sun, in well-drained, moist soils. Tolerates the heat of the southeastern US quite well.
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Excellent specimen, could be used in small groupings and hedges.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, oblong, with relatively finely serrate margins, 4 - 8" long. Foliage is leathery and course texture. Blends well with the texture and color of Southern magnolia foliage.
  • BUDS:
  • BARK:
  • FLOWERS: Dioecious, creamy white, quite fragrant.
  • FRUIT: Drupe, red, about 1/3" long, generally borne in abundance.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS: Used in the breeding of other species/cultivars:
    • I. x koehneana and cultivars
    • I. `Mary Nell'
    • I. `Mary Nell Sibling'

 

 

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