*Koehne holly

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*Ilex ×koehneana
KOEHNE HOLLY

Aquifoliaceae

Location: map coordinates Q-16 (south side of Jenkins Hall). (This tree not yet marked with a yellow dot on interactive map)
N 39°11'14'' W 75°32'45''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • small evergreen tree
  • etymology: Ilex from the Latin name for holm oak/holly oak (Quercus ilex); koehneana after Bernhard Koehne (1848-1918), German botany professor
  • hybrid between Ilex aquifolium (English holly) and Ilex latifolia (lusterleaf holly)
  • leaves alternate, glossy, spiny; resemble chestnut (Castanea) leaves
  • polygamo-dioecious (separate male and female trees, with some perfect flowers); flowers small, whitish
  • fruit bright red berry-like drupe (stone fruit), on current year’s wood
  • tolerant of poor soil; sun or part-shade

*Non-native species (not native to Delaware)


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