Ilex decidua

Common name: Possumhaw

Native plant

An interesting, small tree found growing in the flood-plains and bottomlands of southern Illinois. Not native to our area, but a beautiful addition to any moist yard that has a little shade and a bit of protection from the north. Its nice, dark green leaves are clustered on short, spur-like twigs that are up and down the trunk and major stems. Like other deciduous holly, the leaves are rather a boring color before falling off revealing an awesome display of bright red berries. It has a tendency to sucker if conditions allow, but in our experience that does not happen often.


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Woodies- Standard Shrub
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
20 Feet
Max width
15 Feet

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