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Edible Portion: Leaves, Leaves - Tea

A tree. It grows 8 m tall. It has small sword shaped leaves. They are leathery and have shallow teeth. The leaves are 8-10 cm long. They have soft prickles along the edges. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. The flowers are small and greenish white. They are held in small, hairy clusters near the ends of branches. The fruit are red berries.

A tropical plant. It grows in coastal swamps and moist, coastal forests. It can tolerate occasional flooding with fresh or brackish water. It suits hardiness zones 6-11. Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

Other names:

Yapoon, Acebo, Cassina, Cassine, Dahoon Holly


Ilex dagoon T. Walter;