CRCCD – Mountain Holly (female)


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Ilex mucronata (syn. Nemopanthus mucronatus)


Soil:  Acidic loam
Moisture:  Moist to Wet
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Plant Height:  6 to 10 feet
Plant Width:  3 to 6 feet
Pests: None
Landscape Value: Great for low areas, in moist woodland gardens, and along stream and pond edges.

An uncommon, upright shrub with mottled gray bark, purplish twigs, and blue-green leaves that turn yellow in the fall.  Tiny greenish-white flowers bloom in late spring.  Male and female flowers usually occur on separate plants.  Once pollinated, female flowers produce velvety, long-stalked red fruits containing three to five pits.  Flowers attract bees; fruits are favored by songbirds.  Spreads by root suckers to form multi-stemmed thickets. Although somewhat tolerant of wet feet, growth is best when located slighlty above the water line where its roots can reach plenty of water, but the base of the plant is dry.  Grows in similar habitat, and often among, common winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and wild high-bush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum).

2 gallon pot

Photo credits:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (photo by Will Stuart)
S.J. Meades & W.J. Meades, 2019, Flora of Newfoundland and Labrador,