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Possum Haw, Possumhaw, Bearberry, Deciduous Holly, Meadow Holly, Prairie Holly, Swamp Holly, Welk Holly, Winterberry
Ilex decidua


Possumhaw is a large shrub or small tree frequently encountered in or near seasonally wet areas in Central and East Texas. Fairly nondescript in summer, female plants with their red, orange, or yellow fruit can become a blaze of color in the fall and winter landscape. It is the widest ranging of all Texas hollies and can adapt to a wide range of soil conditions. It can be grown in shade, but it fruits best in partial shade to full sun. Females need a male pollinator for good fuit set.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: yellow-green, not ornamental

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: on female plants, outstanding red, orange, yellow-orange, or pale yellow, effective throughout fall and winter

Height: 8 to 12 ft., can occasionally reach 20'

Width: 6 to 10 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high high

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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