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Ilex decidua (Holly, Possom Haw Yaupon)

Holly, Possom Haw Yaupon

Ilex decidua 'Warren's Red'

Breaking the mold of spiny, evergreen hollies is Ilex decidua, or Possomhaw – a deciduous Holly.

Possomhaw has a very upright growth habit when young, reaching up several feet before spreading out. Glossy dark green leaves cover this large shrub or small tree in the summer, turn yellow before falling off in the early winter.  Small white flowers are inconspicuous in the spring – and require a male Ilex decidua or opaca nearby to pollinate. If pollinated, they produce a large quantity of orange-red drupe berries common to the Hollies, that contract beautifully in the winter against the silver-grey bark.

‘Warren’s Red’ is an all-female cultivar that has the most quantitative berry load of the deciduous hollies. Best used in the landscape as a specimen or even providing summer shade against the house. Native to the wetlands of North America, Possomhaw adapts to poor soils conditions and is drought tolerant once established. 

Winter Specimen
Summer Shade Barrier

Flower Color:




25-30 Feet



15-20 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Available Sizes:

Item Description
HOL-POS-15 HOLLY, POSSUM HAW View Current Crop Photo
HOL-POS-30 HOLLY, POSSUM HAW View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Part Shade to Full Shade
Water Needs
Toxic to Pets