Christmasberry, Quailberry
Crossopetalum ilicifolium

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Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Crossopetalum (kros-so-PET-a-lum) (Info)
Species: ilicifolium (il-liss-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Green

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Miami, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 24, 2007, Tetrazygia from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

A beautiful, very low-growing groundcover, Quailberry's leaves look like American Holly's and has similar red berries to boot. It is native to South Florida (I don't know how much farther north) where American Holly does not grow and so it is the only plant with this look.