I know that the American Holly Tree berries will make a
human violently ill,but what about the leaves?What warnings should I
pass on to the people to whom I am selling the foleage to?
Petrides, Peterson Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs, says of American holly:
"though reported to be somewhat toxic to some animals the fruits are eaten
by numerous songbirds, bobwhite, and wild turkey." Of Ilex glabra, a closely
related species, he says "leaves are reported to make a good tea."
Use your judgement!
The leaves and berries of holly (Ilex) can cause toxicity. "Keep out of
reach of children"
Anthony R. Brach
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Update: June 2012