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Ilex Cassine (Dahoon holly)

Dahoon holly


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Ilex Cassine (Dahoon holly)  is just one of 500 species of holly that occurs in temperate to subtropical climatic regions. Native to the southeastern USA, Dahoon Holly has a natural range extending into the West Indies and South America.

Additionally, Holly is a small to medium-size ornamental tree or large shrub. Moreover, the leaves are evergreen and measure 6 by 1.5 inches. The leaves are glossy, dull, or dark green in color with a few spines at the tip. Furthermore, the flowers are white, with four lobes, that develop into bright red fruits; round, small 1/3 to 1/4 inches in diameter, containing 4 seeds that attract birds.

Typically, Dahoon holly is grown for its eye-catching bright red fruits which contrasts vividly with the glossy green leaves. It is an excellent tree to accent a garden, grow in a conservatory, in bonsai form, or as a screening hedge. All hollies respond well to pruning. Ilex Cassine (Dahoon holly) grows well in slightly acidic soil and can its perfect for wet sites, being a swamp plant. There are no major pest or disease problems with this plant. Dahoon holly is dioecious with separate male and female plants. Female plants need a nearby male pollinizer plant; bees are common pollinizers. Dahoon holly propagates from cuttings or seed, but the gender of seed plants will be either male or female and wont reveal until sexual maturity.

Additional information

Common Name

Dahoon Holly

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Southeast USA to South America

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Low Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Bright Shade

Flower Color


Plant Type

Evergreen, Evergreen, Foliage, Foliage Tree

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate


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