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Possumhaw with Fruit in Snow 2136

To the almost monochrome images of the last two photographs taken during the snowfall of February 23, 2010, add this one that includes the familiar red of a possumhaw’s small fruits. Need I say why another vernacular name for Ilex decidua is winterberry?


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 23, 2015 at 5:29 AM

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  1. We have our own variety of winterberry,


    around here, but this year’s crop is long gone at this point. Most of the berries/fruits that persist into late winter have been gobbled up during this tough winter.

    Steve Gingold

    February 23, 2015 at 5:49 AM

    • I’ve heard of that species (perhaps from you), and I see that it’s widespread in the eastern half of North America. The pictures at your link make it look quite similar to Ilex decidua. Even if the fruits are gone for you this winter, there’s always the next one to look forward to, at least photographically.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

  2. This looks a little Jackson Pollock to me.


    February 23, 2015 at 6:41 AM

  3. Beautiful winter shot – looks like a great tree for the birds


    February 23, 2015 at 7:36 AM

  4. I’ve only recently learned of the possumhaw. We are thinking of planting a few out by the creek. I love seeing them and the yaupon holly with their contrasting color in the wild forests!


    February 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    • Just remember that you need female trees for the fruits.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      • Hm…thanks for that. I guess I’ll need to learn the difference between them.


        February 24, 2015 at 7:10 AM

        • I have no idea how to tell them apart when they’re little. Let’s hope someone at a plant nursery does.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 24, 2015 at 12:40 PM

  5. This would make a fabulous jigsaw puzzle!


    February 23, 2015 at 8:36 PM

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