Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2283

Shrub; Tree
Perennial
Usually dioecious

Non-native: Japan

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in forests in suburban areas, into which it has escaped from landscaping, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate
Margins crenate from base to apex

FLOWER:
Spring
Greenish-white
Usually unisexual
4 petals

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Aquifoliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ilex crenata   FAMILY Aquifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ilex crenata   FAMILY Aquifoliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Holly


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image of Ilex crenata, Japanese Holly

JK Marlow    jkm210309_8932

March    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Ilex crenata, Japanese Holly

JK Marlow    jkm210309_8934

March    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Leaves shiny dark green above, dull light green below, per Virginia Tech Dendrology Factsheets.

image of Ilex crenata, Japanese Holly

JK Marlow    jkm210309_8935

March    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Leaves shallowly toothed on upper half or margin entire, per Virginia Tech Dendrology Factsheets.

image of Ilex crenata, Japanese Holly

Paul Thompson    pstilex_crenata

September?        

There are numerous cultivars with similar leaves but varying growth habit. — Clemson Extension