American Holly

Other Common Names/Trade Names:  None
Scientific Name: Ilex opaca
Best Characteristics for Identification: Pore chains. Rays wider than the pores.
Uses: Lumber, veneer, pulp, specialty products. May be dyed to look like ebony.
General Natural Range: Eastern Texas east to the Atlantic coast and north to Pennsylvania.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With:  Maples
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Holly has pores arranged in chains whereas the maples do not.
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