Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14 - The Common Winterberry - Ilex verticillata -

This is the first time I have included this tree on the blog. I am including all Southern Appalachian trees for 2011 and had to change out some of the 2010 trees that do not live in the Southern Appalachians.

The Common Winterberry tree is sometimes called a shrub and it has the word "common" in it.  However, it is anything but common.  I would have it call it beautiful.  It can grow up to 25 feet tall; however,  it is more common for this small tree to be closer to 12-15 feet tall.  The berries that stay on most of the year, are food for many species of wildlife; although, the berries are poisonous to humans.  The leaves are deciduous; so in the winter, the identifying feature is the small red berries.  The red berries usually have 6 seeds inside of them.  This small tree is said to be one of the most beautiful trees in the Southern Appalachians all winter long.

Thank you, Fred, for this incredible image.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/horticultural_art/


Rebecca

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