Ilex cassine

Dahoon holly

Native to Florida

Species Overview

The evergreen dahoon holly is native to Florida’s swamps, margins and other wetlands, growing to be a large shrub or a medium-sized tree; sometimes much larger. It is found throughout Florida and occurs in all southeastern U.S. coastal states (Kartesz, 1999).

It flowers in the spring; later it has bright red to orange-red drupes. There are 13 species and varieties of Ilex in Florida (Wunderlin, 2003).

dahoon hollyView the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.

Species Characteristics