WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: DAHOON (Ilex cassine)
perennial, evergreen holly tree. Females produce abundant fruits to feed wildlife, especially birds. reaches a height of approximately 26 feet but also works well when shaped as a shrub. It has dark green foliage with spring blooms and pretty red berries appearing in late summer and early fall. It is a favorite among the birds and is tolerant of the occasional flooding the rainy season provides and the drought of our dry season.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ilex+cassine