Ilex cassine var. myrtifolia

myrtle-leaf holly


Synonyms:  Ilex myrtifolia

wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,red
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy fruits


Recommended Uses: Good winter interest in a wetland setting. Would make a good wet-site hedge
Considerations: It's dioecious; so make sure you have at least one male plant in the vicinity to produce berries on the females.
Propagation: Softwood cuttings started in spring. Seeds of most holly species require 2-3 years of dormancy before they will germinate.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Various bird species eat the fruit and many use the evergreen foliage for cover. Bees pollinate the flowers.
Native Habitats: Wet-moist sites. Typically found in shallow wetland areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Not frequently cultivated, but worthy of consideration in appropriate sites for its long-lasting colorful fruits.