Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7 - American Holly - Ilex opaca

The American Holly drupes in December
Blue jays, Thrushes, robins, Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Red-bellied woodpeckers, and Wild turkey, eat the berry-like drupes of American holly. Raccoon and deer also eat the berry-like drupes. Each one of these drupes has four seeds and will ripen on the tree from Sept. till December.  They will remain bright red on the tree through the winter months, providing food all winter long for many birds and mammals.  It is reported that these berry-like drupes are poisonous to humans.


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