The Holly Tree

Our resident tree expert talks about the Holly - a tree most people associate with Christmas. More trees at

Giabella Henderson of Holly Tree Elementary is Achiever of the Week -

School: Holly Tree Elementary

Grade: Fifth

Best subject: Science, because I love my teacher, Ms. Foreman.

Worst subject: Math, because I'm not good at tests. I get very nervous.

Favorite quote or saying: If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

What drives you crazy? My brothers, because they are always fighting.

What makes you happy? My cat,...


  1. Holly – more specifically the European holly, Ilex aquifolium – is commonly referenced at Christmas time, and is often referred to by the name Christ's thorn. In many Western Christian cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, used especially in wreaths and illustrations, for instance on Christmas cards.Since medieval times the plant has carried a Christian symbolism, as ...
  2. Holly trees and shrubs are classified as Ilex spp. and are the only genus that belongs to the Aquifoliaceae family. They can be deciduous or evergreen and form into trees, shrubs, or lianas.
  3. Holly Trees & Shrubs Why everyone loves Holly trees and shrubs for their home landscaping. Hollies are prized by many because of their rich and glossy forest green foliage that make them the perfect option for privacy screens and hedges. In the Fall, vibrant red berries will begin to produce, making it the perfect
  4. A pyramid-shaped evergreen tree with spines on its foliage, American holly blooms in May or June (depending on where you live). It is a deer-resistant tree.Grow it in a well-drained soil, but keep the soil moist.
  5. Boasting a garden, The Holly Tree is set in Cambridge, 0.6 miles from Addenbrooke's Hospital. The property is around 1.6 miles from Botanic Garden Cambridge, and 2.2 miles from the City Centre, as well as the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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The berries are very popular with the birds at the moment.
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Holly trees by Loch Etive
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