Ilex macrocarpa Oliver

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Ilex macrocarpa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ilex/ilex-macrocarpa/). Accessed 2020-12-02.

Genus

Glossary

acuminate
Narrowing gradually to a point.
apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
axillary
Situated in an axil.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Ilex macrocarpa' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/ilex/ilex-macrocarpa/). Accessed 2020-12-02.

A deciduous tree attaining a height of about 50 ft in the wild and nearing that height in cultivation; young shoots green and glabrous. Leaves papery in texture, elliptic, acuminate at the apex, rounded to broadly wedge-shaped at the base, 3 to 4 in. long, 114 to 2 in. wide, shallowly toothed, glabrous. Male flowers in clusters on short axillary spurs. Female flowers borne singly in the leaf-axils on stalks about 58 in. long. Fruits black, globose, but flattened top and bottom, about 58 in. wide; nutlets seven to nine, strongly ribbed. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 72.

A native of S. and S.W. China, also reported from Indo-China; discovered by Henry in W. Hupeh; introduced by Wilson in 1907 when collecting for the Arnold Arboretum. It is quite hardy at Kew, where there are three specimens; one is female and bears abundantly the large black fruits which are the most remarkable characteristic of this species. The tallest of these measures 27 × 134 ft (1970). There is a specimen in the Main Drive at Westonbirt measuring 40 × 134 ft (1967).

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

The largest specimen at Kew is 31 × 214 ft (1982).