Holly

Holly

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Scientific Name:
Ilex aquifolium
Location:
Dawyck, D02 Map
Status:
Available for adoption

With its prickly evergreen leaves holly is possibly the easiest Scottish tree to recognise.

With its prickly evergreen leaves holly is possibly the easiest Scottish tree to recognise, although in mature trees the leaves can be quite smooth. It occurs naturally as an understorey in deciduous woodlands.

Its clean white wood is popular for use as inlays in furniture making.

Holly has separate male and female plants, only the female bearing the lustrous red berries that have become a part of  midwinter and Christmas festive decorations.

(Image by Gavin Harris)

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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)