Ilex decidua


  • Common name:  Deciduous Holly, Possum Haw
  • Habit: Deciduous Shrub
  • Light: Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun), Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Moist, Well Drained, 
  • Height: > 15-30′
  • Flower:  White, Green
  • Fruit: Red
  • Fall Color:  Yes
  • Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest

Larval host for: Pawpaw sphinx, Dolba hyloeus

Description: The green, oval leaves of Possum Haw turn yellow in the fall. This is a dioecious species, male and female plants are needed for fruit production.  The bright red berries are used as forage by small mammals, songbirds, and game birds such as the Eastern Bluebird, Wild Turkey, and Quail. This species is a larval host for the Pawpaw sphinx, Dolba hyloeus.

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