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Brush-holly, Coronilla
Xylosma flexuosa


Brush-holly grows sparsely in the brush and palm groves in extreme South Texas and up the coast to Nueces County. The pale green to gray-green leaves usually occur on short, spur-like branches of this slender, thorny shrub. Newly emerging leaves are tinged with red edges, and much of the foliage will turn red in the fall. Throughout the year whitish, nectar filled flowers are followed by yellow and red berries. Small mammals and birds feast on the year-round berries. At about 5 to 6 feet, this plant would make a barrier hedge with interesting texture and color.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: subglobose, red and yellow

Height: to 6 1/4 feet

Width: 3 to 4 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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