List of Trees 61-90 Winterberry

Ilex virticillata

Family: Aquifoliaceae

It is our native, wetland holly that loses its leaves each autumn and is all the more showy because its lack of winter leaves makes its berry display all the more showy.  It is an amazing plant with a tremendous geographical range and a very diverse genetic expression. The native population stretches from Nova Scotia, south to Florida and west to Missouri and found throughout Michigan in low grounds, moist woods, swamps and occasionally in higher, drier soils.