English Holly or Common Holly (ilex Aquifolium) is an evergreen perennial small tree in the Holly Family (Aquifoliaceae). It’s native to Eurasia and Africa. Blooms May-Jun and grows 15-50 ft. It’s a common weedy tree in Forest. Tolerates moist to dry soils and full shade to full sun exposure.
It was introduced to Western North America for Ornamental and Christmas decoration uses. As a weedy tree is hard to kill; Herbicide stump treatments are commonly used in habitat restoration. When plant is small it’s commonly confused with the native Tall Oregon-grape [Holly-leaved Barberry] (Mahonia Aquifolium)