13. Holly

13. Holly

Holly

Scientific name: Ilex aquifolium

Origin: Native to the UK

Key identifying traits: The holly is recognisable by its sharp, pointy, broad, evergreen leaves. In winter the female may have bright red berries which are a source of food for many birds.

In the wood: Often found in broadleaf woodland within the understory layer (this layer contains smaller trees that grow above head height but do not reach the level of the canopy). Mature holly trees can grow up to 15m tall.

Uses: A good wood for carving, traditionally used to make items like bobbins, chess pieces and inlay work on furniture.

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