The dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) belongs to the Aquifoliaceae (the Holly family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to the southeastern coast of North America. This tree grows in the moist woods of the coastal plains, and up to a height of 6-9 m. The leaves are ovate, glossy dark green, entire or with a few small spines near the apex of the leaf. The greenish-white, axillary flowers are inconspicuous, and bloom in April to May. The fruit is a red drupe, 5-6 mm in diameter, and some persisting until spring.