Problem Plant: English Holly

English Holly (Ilex aquifolium)        

This native of the British Isles and central and southern Europe is widely grown
as an ornamental in the U. S. Although favored for its use in decorations and
floral arrangements as well as landscapes, it has become an invasive species on
the west coast and in New Jersey and Virginia when birds carry its berries into
forests.

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Tags: Notorious water hog, Repopulates margins of forests, Forms dense thickets, dominating tall shrub layer of forest by casting deep shade, Seeds dispersed by birds, Also reproduces by suckering of shoots from existing root system and from layering when stems take root after touching the ground, American Holly (Ilex opaca), Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), Evergreen tree with berries,