myrtle holly Aquifoliaceae Ilex myrtifolia
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, thickened, avate, obovate or lanceolate; 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long; entire margin or sometimes a few sharp teeth above the middle; shiny dark green above, paler below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; males are small, greenish white in small, short branched clusters; females have 4 small greenish white petals and occur solitary or in a small clusters; appear in late spring to early summer.
Fruit:Berry-like round drupe, 1/4 inch across; usually red (may be yellow); ripen in late fall; persistent.
Twig:Slender and stiff, grayish brown, finely hairy; very small pointed buds; single bundle scar.
Bark:Thin, dark gray, very smooth to warty when young but later becoming finely scaly.
Form:Shrub or small tree with dense branches; reaches heights of 25 feet.