A small evergreen tree with dark green spiky leaves. Older trees have leaves with smoother edges.
Flowers are small, white, four petaled, opening in early May.
Both male and female flowers occur on separate trees. Female trees produce red berries which can be seen throughout the winter months
Uses and other points of interest:
Holly berries provide a very important food source for birds during the winter.
The druids regarded holly as a symbol of continued life and hope in midwinter.
Holly is slow growing and may take years to establish itself from seed.
Holly is seen as a symbol of Christmas
Holly is a delight to see throughout the winter months in the Burren. I particularly love the amazing bonsai holly trees that can be found on limestone pavement.