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I know that the American Holly Tree berries will make a human violently ill,but what about the leaves?What warnings should I pass on to the people to whom I am selling the foleage to?



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Petrides, Peterson Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs, says of American holly: "though reported to be somewhat toxic to some animals the fruits are eaten by numerous songbirds, bobwhite, and wild turkey." Of Ilex glabra, a closely related species, he says "leaves are reported to make a good tea." Use your judgement!

J. Elliott


The leaves and berries of holly (Ilex) can cause toxicity. "Keep out of reach of children" http://www.brevardeco.org/archives/apr99/localtext.html
http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/media_center/newsreleases/1998/121798chri stmas.asp

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach



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