And Ilex opaca is…American Holly!
If you re just joining us, The Squirrel Nutwork posts for the Blogging A to Z Challenge are featuring Trees for Bees!
Yes, many (all?) of those little holly berries came from the tiny holly flowers pollinated by bees. Please note, you must have both the male and the female trees to produce the berries.
This classic and native tree grows to 25 feet in our area as a beautiful understory with year-round evergreen color. If you live in the warmer climates of the southern U. S., your hollies might reach to 60 feet, but in either case it is a very slow going tree with thin, delicate bark. It grows in sun, part shade and shade.