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Monday, 11 January 2016

Tree of the Week

HOLLY -Ilex aquifolium

Holly is mostly seen in gardens and often used for hedges, but it can also form a substantial tree (up to 20m tall). The leaves tend to be spikey, glossy and dark green in colour, towards the base of the tree (to protect itself from wildlife grazing) and smother, less spikey towards the top of the tree. Holly bark tends to be smooth and grey, forming small pimples, often becoming silvery grey in older trees.

  • An easy way to identify this tree is to look for the red berries, popular with Mistle Thrush and Holly Blue butterfly.

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