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- Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 7 2017
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20 WOLF 21 AMERICAN HOLLY SEEDS - ILEX OPACA
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- This is an upright, pyramidal, evergreen tree that slowly matures to 15-30' in cultivation, but may reach 50' tall in the wild. It is native to the eastern and central U. S.
- Bloom Time: May
- Bloom Description: Creamy white
- Bright reddish orange fruits (to 1/4- 1/2" diameter) ripen in fall on female trees, and persist on the tree through winter
- The stout, stiff branches of this pyramidal evergreen bear dark green, non-glossy, spine-tipped leaves.
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Medicinal use of American Holly: The berries are laxative, emetic and diuretic. They are used in the treatment of children's diarrhoea, colic and indigestion. A tea made from the leaves has been used as a treatment for measles, colds etc. The leaves have also been used externally in the treatment of sore eyes, sore and itchy skin. A tea made from the bark was once used in the treatment of malaria and epilepsy. It has also been used as a wash for sore eyes and itchy skin. Edible parts of American Holly: The roasted leaves are used as a tea substitute. They do not contain caffeine. The drink was a very popular tea substitute during the American Civil war. Other uses : A dye has been made from the berries - the color is not known. Wood - light, tough, not strong, close grained, highly shock resistant, easily worked. A strikingly white wood, it is valued for use in veneers and inlay. It weighs 36 lb per cubic foot. Too small for commercial exploitation, but it is valued for use in cabinet making and the interior finishes of houses, it is also used for making small items such as tool handles. The wood can also be stained to imitate ebony.
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