Common Holly

Name: Common Holly

Scientific name: Ilex aquifolium

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A small evergreen tree.

How to identify: Easily recognised by the combination of spiny, evergreen leaves and red berries.

Where: Widespread

Fantastic fact: Famously used as a Christmas decoration, the red berries and thorny leaves symbolising Jesus's blood on the crown of thorns.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey


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