The American Holly (Ilex olpaca) is chock full of red berries today in our Northern NJ garden.
Holly serve as a great shelter for songbirds both during winter and during summer storms. In winter, if food sources are scarce, many species of bird will eat the berries.
This season (so far) has been incredibly mild so the berries are very much intact. If the mood strikes to try these colorful berries strikes, Don’t Do It! They are poisonous to humans.
Green year round, it brightens an otherwise drab garden landscape even in the middle of winter (even after all the berries have been eaten) and has become a favorite here.