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This article is about the plant type. For other uses see Holly (disambiguation)


English holly
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Aquifoliales
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Genus: Ilex
  • Ilex aquifolium - English holly
  • Ilex cassine - Dahoon holly
  • Ilex glabra Gallberry, inkberry (SE USA)
  • Ilex latifolia - Tarajo holly
  • Ilex montana - Mountain holly or mountain winterberry
  • Ilex opaca - American holly
  • Ilex paraguariensis - Yerba maté
  • Ilex vomitoria - Yaupon holly

Hollies are shrubs and trees of the genus Ilex. Many of them are highly decorative. Some have leaves with widely-spaced, spine-tipped leaves, while others have simple leaves.

Holly plants are male and female. Only the female has berries, but requires a male as a pollenizer. Also bees are required as wind pollination is negligible.

American holly
foliage and berries