Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

POSSUMHAW
Ilex decidua
Aquifoliaceae

Leaves are up to 3 inches long, simple, alternate, and deciduous, elliptical to obovate in shape with round-toothed margins and gland-tipped teeth. Twigs are green to light gray with lenticels. Bark is gray-brown and fairly smooth. Fruit is a striking red drupe. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 6 m (20 ft) in height and is found on moist soils in the eastern and southern U.S. The fruit is a favorite of birds.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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