The Nativa Dahoon Holly is one of the rare cultivar dahoon hollies on the market. It was selected by the growers of Cherrylake for its genetic qualities that make it fuller, more consistent, and easier to maintain than seedling Dahoon Hollies.
The Nativa Dahoon Holly has a dark green foliage and a larger, rounder leaf then the typical ilex cassine. It branches more readily and responds well to pruning — which contributes to a uniquely full and even canopy. Like the seedling, it berries with a red, round, fleshy, small but noticeable fruit.
The native environment for Nativa Dahoon Holly is the boggy soils of our wetlands, although its use should not be restricted solely to this environment. Included on Florida’s native tree list, the Nativa Dahoon Holly has proven to adapt well to harsh urban conditions where compacted soils and confined space are issues, as long as it is supplemented with irrigation.
The Nativa Dahoon is versatile and looks at home in many styles of landscapes. Grown as a multi-trunk, the Nativa Dahoon Holly can serve as a full and tall, tightly clipped screen or as a solitary specimen. Grown with a single trunk, either full to the ground or with a clear trunk, it is a great selection for lawns, median strips, sidewalks, planters or patios.
Selected from mother tree at Cherrylake in Groveland Florida.
Native to the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, also Puerto Rico.
Dahoon Holly; Nativa
Hardy Range: 7A to 11
Mature Height: 30’ to 40’
Mature Spread: 15’ to 20’
Growth Rate: 10 to 15 years to maturity
Form: oval and pyramidal
These Florida natives are noted for their full and even canopy; bright green foliage; and large, rounded leaves. Their white flowers are inconspicuous, but lead to bright clusters of small red berries in late summer, which are attractive to birds and other wildlife.
Soil: clay, sand, loam; slightly alkaline, acidic; extended flooding; well-drained
Exposure: partial sun to full sun