Ilex x attenuata

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Taxonomy (2)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Aquifoliaceae
Common name: Savannah Holly
Varieties: Savannah

General Information (1,2,3)

USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 20-30 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Flowering: Spring
  • Fruiting: Winter

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1)

  • Arrangement: Alternate
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Elliptic, oblong, ovate
  • Other: 1.5-3 inches, toothed

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Stem/Bark (2)

  • Color: Light gray

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Flower (3)

  • Color: White

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Fruit (2,3)

  • Fruit type: Berry
  • Size: <0.5 inch
  • Color: Red

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Horticultural Information (2,3)

  • Light: Full sun
  • pH: Slightly acidic
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Street tree, framing tree, barrier

Interesting Facts (2)

  • Popular for making Christmas wreaths and decorations


1) Dirr, M. (1998). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (5th Ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub.
2) Floridata Website. (1996-2012). General format. Retrieved from []
3) Gilman and Watson. D. (November 1993). retrieved by website []

Prepared by Imani Mann as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek