Ilex aquifolium
English holly

Aquifoliaceae (holly family)
Europe, North Africa, West Asia
Ilex aquifolium. From An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino

The familiar foliage plant of Christmas decorations with dark green shiny leaves, characteristically shaped, and with red berries. Several hollies grow inside Frost Amphitheater on the bank south of the stage, an old male and female are on the lawn north of The Knoll, and holly trees can be found in many other places around the campus, including the the north side of Encina Hall. The trees that had long grown at the front entrance to the School of Education (Cubberley) were replaced with Aesculus × carnea ‘Briotii’ in February 2008.

Shrubby American species of Ilex containing caffeine were formerly prepared in the manner of tea.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the Cubberly removal note ca. 2008.