P1010392Ilex opaca Aiton
Tree/shrub, Perennial
Native: L48
Blooming: March, April,  white
Pollinated by bees, wasps, ants, yellow jackets and night-flying moths. Larval host of Henry’s elfin butterfly. Red berries eaten by blue jays, cedar waxwings, robins, mockingbirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, wild turkey, raccoon and deer. Berries are important winter food for songbirds. Cavities in American holly provide nesting for red-cockaded woodpecker. Frequent prescribed burnings can reduce seed production.
Location: N30 00.099′ W084 33.444′ (1.3RR), N30 00.157′ W084 33.593′ (1.5RL), N30 00.366′ W084 33.594′ (2.1RR), N 30 00.457’W084 33.838′(2.3RL), N 30 00.481’W084 33.837′(2.5RR)

In 2013 blooming started in early April.