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Catberry (Ilex mucronata (L.) M.Powell, Savol. & S.Andrews)

Also known as mountain holly, false holly; also classified as Nemopanthus mucronatus (L.) Loes.

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is thought to be most closely related to the Sarvis holly (Ilex amelanchier), which does not overlap with it in range. Several other Ilex species overlap with it in range.


This species was formerly classified in its own genus, as Nemopanthus mucronatus, but more recent research has reclassified it into the Ilex genus.

Ilex mucronata (Catberry) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Ilex mucronata | Go Botany (About This Site)

Mountain Holly | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Nemopanthus mucronatus | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Catberry | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)