large gallberry Aquifoliaceae Ilex coriacea
Leaf:Alternate, simple, irregularly serrated or spine-tipped, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, oblong to obovate, evergreen, leathery, shiny and dark green above, lighter and dull beneath.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small, greenish white and inconspicuous, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Small, nearly black, shiny berry-like drupes, 1/3 inch in diameter, ripening in fall, less persistent than other hollies.
Twig:Slender, finely hairy, may be sticky, small light brown buds.
Bark:Smooth, grayish brown and mottled.
Form:An evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches heights to 20 feet, very open crown.