The lovely Ilex mitis is a medium sized tree with a straight trunk and an attractive rounded canopy and is the only holly species found naturally in Africa. The glossy green leaves, abundant, sweetly scented white flowers and the profusion of spectacular crimson berries make the Cape holly, truly a tree for all seasons. As these trees are either male or female, it is advisable to plant a few in a grove, ensuring the formation of flowers and berries. The sweetly scented flowers are attractive to insects and when the tiny petals begin to fall, the ground beneath the tree becomes covered in a delicate white carpet. The highly decorative, shiny red berries are irresistible to many fruit eating birds while a branch of glossy leaves and berries picked from the tree, adds interest and texture to flower arrangements.
I.mitis Flowers & Foliage I.mitis Bark I.mitis Berries