Name: Holly

Scientific name: Ilex aquifolium

Irish name: Cuileann

Provenance: Native

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Leaf/Needle: Evergreen leaf/Simple leaf

Growth: Slow to begin with

Height: 15 meters

Flowering: Late spring

Pollination: Insects

Seed dispersal: Birds and animals

Value to wildlife: High

Timber use:
Most commonly used for walking sticks also a good firewood.

Mythology:
Sprigs of holly were used to protect houses from evil spirits during winter time.

Ogham Alphabet:
Ogham letter Tinne (Iron Bar) T
8th consonant of the Ogham alphabet
10th month of the Ogham tree calendar

Classification in early Irish law:
Airig fedo (noble of the wood) Penalty for cutting one down, two and a half milking cows!