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Any of several shrubs from the genus Ilex that are found throughout the world. Holly plants typically have glossy green leaves with red berries and are grown for ornamentation. Timber from the holly has a fine uniform texture with an irregular grain pattern. It has been used for sculpture, carving, small articles, veneer, and marquetry.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Ilex aquifolium (English holly); Ilex opaca (American holly); houx (Fr.); acebo (Esp.); agrifoglio (It.)

American holly Ilex opaca

Other Properties

Density 45-55 ppcf

Paper fiber type: hardwood. Using transmitted light microscopy, pulp is identified by oblong vessels with with heavy pitting. Perforations are scalariform with tapered, spiraled ends . Appearance with Graff "C" stain: dark blue, but varies with bleaching. Common pulping method: kraft.

Additional Information

Schoch, W., Heller, I., Schweingruber, F.H., Kienast, F., 2004:Wood anatomy of central European Species: Holly, Ilex aquifolium L.

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

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