Dahoon - Ilex cassine
Native to Florida and along the coastal plain north to Virginia and west to southeastern Texas, this is a slow-growing, short-lived holly of moist woods, swamps, and streamsides. It can reach 35 feet in height, with a short trunk and rounded top. The bark becomes roughened with age. The alternate leaves are evergreen, six inches long, and typically oblanceolate in shape, dark green above, and pale beneath, and tipped with a bristle. The trees are dioecious, with greenish or creamy-white flowers. The fruit is berry-like and typically red although sometimes yellow or orange.