American Holly - Ilex opaca
Native to USA
State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree, characterized by toothed, leathery-feeling leaves and beautiful red berries. Commonly used as an ornamental decoration, the American Holly is also a great an option for attracting birds. Unlike most Evergreens, which tend to be very large, the American Holly can be pruned to stay at a mature height of only 15 feet, making it a more feasible backyard option. The hardy leaves offer wild birds a great place for shelter (especially in the winter) and for nesting. The berries (which only grown on a pollinated female plant) provide food for many winter birds.