American Holly - Nature Walk around Meadowbrook Log Cabin

American Holly (Ilex opaca) grows near the little wetland on Meadowbrook Terrace.

American Holly near Somerset Swamp - American Holly - Nature Walk around Meadowbrook Log Cabin
American Holly near Somerset Swamp

Holly is indigenous and not that rare in Western North Carolina. It’s easy to identify.

Only female holly have fruit - American Holly - Nature Walk around Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Only female holly have fruit

Holly flowers bloom in early May. Did you know that there are male and female holly bushes or trees? They both have flowers, but only female holly have fruit.

Holly is easy to identify - American Holly - Nature Walk around Meadowbrook Log Cabin
Holly is easy to identify

Not all holly have teeth on the leaves.