Holly China Girl (Please Select Size Below)
"Ilex is a genus belonging to the family Aquifoliaceae, native of Afro-
Eurasia, Australia and the Americas, established by Carl Linnaeus. It
has over 300 species in the subtropical regions of both hemispheres.
The genus includes species of trees, shrubs, and climbers, with
evergreen or deciduous foliage and inconspicuous flowers. The genus
was more extended in the tertiary and many species have adapted to
laurel forest habitat. Ilex is adapted from sea level to more than 2,000
metres (6,600 ft) with high mountain species. Ilex are dioecious and
have smooth, glabrous, or pubescent branchlets. The plants are
generally slow-growing but over time can reach more than 10 m (33 ft).
The genus name aquifolium is derived from the Latin (acer = "acute" &
folium = "leaf"). Many are evergreen tree with some species growing to
25 m (82 ft) tall. Type species is the Mediterranean Ilex aquifolium
described by Linnaeus"
aka Ilex mesarveae 'China Girl'