Campus Tree Walk | East Palatka Holly
East Palatka Holly | Ilex x attenuata
Pronunciation: EYE-lecks x uh-ten-yoo-AY-tuh
Scientific Name: Ilex x attenuata
Common Names: ‘East Palatka’ holly
Origin: native to where I. cassine and I. opaca naturally occur in close enough proximity to hybridize; currently central Florida northward
Height: 30 to 40 feet | Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Description: Hybrid between two native species; the Dahoon Holly and American Holly, this tree was first discovered in the Palatka area and has become a popular cultivated landscaping tree throughout the Southeastern United States. While not having the easily recognizable, pointed leaves like that of the American Holly, the East Palatka Holly still produces vibrant red berries, which are a popular food source among many different bird species.