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Dana 17 Reviews the Sacred Tree: American Holly (Ilex Opaca) – Magic, Meaning, Ecology and Divination

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American holly is one of the most wonderful trees to get us through dark times. With the dark season upon us again, now is a great time to contemplate the magic, meaning and mysteries of this incredible holly tree!

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American holly goes by many names, including white holly, thorn holly, Christmas holly, Christmas holly, and evergreen holly. It is very similar to European holly (Illex Aquifolium), with similar leaves, berries, and overall growth habit. American holly has larger, brighter leaves and berries, but the trees are otherwise very similar. Although I often argue

Bring the meaning and use of European trees into an American context (Ash is a great example), in which case I think Holly’s myths and old world understandings apply!

This post is part of my East North American Sacred Trees series – where you can learn about the many wonderful trees in our landscape. In this series, I explore the uses of magic, mythology, herbs, culture, and divination with the goal of eventually making a larger piece that explores our many unique trees along the east coast of the United States. For my approach to using ecology, signature theory, and human use, you can see this article. Other trees in the collection include tulip poplar, dogwood, spruce, spice, rhododendron, witch hazel, staghorn sumac, chestnut, cherry, juniper, birch, elderberry, walnut, eastern white cedar, hemlock, sugar maple , Hawthorn, Hickory, Beech, Ash, White Pine, Robinia and Oak. For information on how to work with trees spiritually, you can check out my Druid Tree Working series, including finding the surface of a tree, finding a grandmother tree, tree relationships, communicating on the outer planes, communicating on the inner planes, working with trees , work with urban trees, tree energy, seasonal work, and help tree spirits pass.

The native range of American holly stretches from coastal Rhode Island and New England all the way to Florida and through the Midwest to Louisiana and Texas. It is found throughout the southeastern and eastern United States, outside its native range, and is widely grown as an ornamental, so it is often found in urban and suburban areas. Almost anywhere I’ve traveled in the city or new areas has had the opportunity to connect with American holly in some form: trees, shrubs or small shrubs! In fact, it is so popular as an ornamental plant that you can find as many as 1000 different varieties. It is shaped into shrubs, trees, and even holly hedges.

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In the wild, American holly is a dominant understory tree that thrives in shady woods, streams, and creeks, and can handle dry and wet conditions, but not flood or wetland conditions. It does prefer slightly acidic and sandy soils and will grow in full sun to full shade. If the soil it grows in is too alkaline, the leaves will turn brown.

American holly is an evergreen tree that can grow to 40-60 feet tall. It has evergreen leaves that grow in alternating patterns with a tough feel. Because of their description in modern cultures, holly leaves are fairly well-defined and easy to spot: they are 1-3 inches long and have spiky teeth that grow out in a regular fashion.

It provides food for birds (cedar waxwings, songbirds, cardinals, goldfinches, short-tailed egrets) and small mammals (turkeys, quail, white-tailed deer, squirrels). It is the nursery for Henry’s Elf Butterfly. It also provides excellent shelter and sanctuary for birds – we have an American holly plant next to our house, and every year, cardinals build their nests in dense branches.

Holly produces white (sometimes greenish-white) flowers in April-June with four petals and a balanced quadruple shape. You can tell male flowers from female flowers because female flowers come in 1-3 flowers and male flowers come in 3-12 flowers. Male and female flowers usually appear on separate trees. These make way for green berries, which eventually turn a classic bright red as we move into late fall (Samhain) and winter (solstice). Only female trees produce holly berries.

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Holly is a beautiful, strong, fine-grained white wood that can be sanded, stained and worked. Commonly used in furniture, woodworking, carving, carving, cabinets and other fine woodworking. It was not in high commercial demand, as the holly tree was never that large, but it was frequently sought and used among folk artisans and woodcarvers.

Holly (Europe and America) is associated with winter, the dark half of the year, and the Christmas season. These traditions of “decorating the hall with holly branches” were imported from the Old World and then applied to American holly trees. I’ve used holly extensively as a natural Christmas decoration and it’s lovely on the mantle – it stays green and the berries stay red long after the plant dries. We often have to prune our holly to keep it off the sidewalk – and those prunings are just what we need to provide our home with delightful Christmas decorations. Having said that, the demand for holly ornaments has led to a decline in wild holly trees in some parts of the United States; given that, if you want to have these ornaments or source them sustainably, plant a winter or two in your yard. Green trees are wise. As with anything else, commercial demands lead to species declines and we would very much like to pay attention to this issue when buying any plant matter in the store.

All holly species (including all ilex) are somewhat toxic if ingested. Holly berries are poisonous and can cause diarrhea, sweating, vomiting and dehydration – so while you can use them on your cape, you don’t want them in your stomach! However, if you want to induce vomiting (emetic effect), these berries are one thing you can use as they are traditional medicines for this.

The roasted leaves of American holly can be made into a decaffeinated herbal tea. This tea has a long history, including being widely consumed as a tea substitute during the American Civil War when resources were scarce. This tea has some medicinal properties and is used to treat colds, although I can’t find much information on specific medicinal uses as it is not listed in any herbs I have. In fact, many holly species also have leaves that can be made into tea, but you want to make sure you identify the species correctly. A good guide is Eating Weed, which has a thorough discussion on how to make tea (with caffeine) with some holly species. They discuss how some communities make tea with the young leaves of highberry holly (

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A) It can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. Make sure you have identification on this holly because others (like Yaupon Holly,

As mentioned above, Holly is inextricably linked to the winter solstice/Christmas, it is closely connected to the millennium that brings light to the darkness of the year. The holly is of course one of the seven chief trees of the ancient druids, and thus a very magical tree.

, You can also burn with other blessing herbs to protect your home and bring good luck to your home. Placing holly above your home door also protects the home and attracts helpful spirits.

By Jacqueline Memory Paterson, she describes some of the myths surrounding holly, including its connection to immortality. In the Old World, people were encouraged to bring holly into their homes to ward off elves, fairies, and other spirits that could cause harm. Holly’s bright berries and leaves have also helped those with winter blues, helping us through the darkest times of the year. Holly trees are always required to be removed from the house on the eve of Imbolc, otherwise it may bring misfortune. In ancient Rome, the Romans gave holly as a gift during the five-day Saturnalia festival held on the winter solstice. These eventually gave way to Christian imagery that still uses Holly in December. Although Christianity has transformed many ancient pagan beliefs, remnants of these beliefs can still be found even in modern American celebrations.

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The legends of the Holly King and Oak King are also strong and enduring; both evolved from earlier Aboriginal and pagan depictions of green men or forest/plant spirits and the masculinity necessary for life to continue. Patterson points out that the oldest depiction of King Holly is the savage God Holly, and later Christian repression made him more of a “king”-like figure without