Sea Talk Video - American Holly

You may know it as Christmas holly, but American holly is one of Delaware’s most important trees. The native evergreen, with its pointed deep green leaves and bright red berries, was named the official state tree of Delaware in 1939. At that time it was an important cash crop in the state, with the town of Milton leading the way as the top producer of holiday holly decorations in the world.

 

Publication Date:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Episode Script

This is SeaTalk: Ocean News from the University of Delaware.

You may know it as Christmas holly, but American holly is one of Delaware’s most important trees. The native evergreen, with its pointed deep green leaves and bright red berries, was named the official state tree of Delaware in 1939. At that time it was an important cash crop in the state, with the town of Milton leading the way as the top producer of holiday holly decorations in the world.

American holly can be spotted throughout Delaware’s forests, particularly in the southern part of the state, and despite being a slow grower, it can reach heights up to 30 feet. Hardy and beautiful, its distinctive berries attract birds and wildlife to its branches, making it a great choice for landscaping as well.

This is SeaTalk, a public service announcement from the University of Delaware, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and this station.

Sea Talk - American Holly

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