Five foot Holly-like volunteer plant – what is it?

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Date Photo Taken: 05/04/2014
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posted By: legalbarn


This plant started growing on its own about three years ago in a mulchbed close to my house, and gets dappled sun during the day. It seems to be an evergreen, and the leaves are slightly thick and rubbery, kind of like a Jade plant. The single trunk, about 1-1/2″ in diameter, is rough and pulpy; multiple spiky leaves on each stem, opposite each other. Berries grow on long clusters – currently green but will turn deep blue-purple toward the end of summer.


  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Mahonia… The berries are edible, but I usually just let the birds have them…

    May 5th, 2014 at 9:06 am
  2. Jim Unregistered says:

    Common name: Oregon grape. It’s a nice plant, but an invader from the Pacific Northwest. Can take over a forest understory in the Southeast.

    May 5th, 2014 at 10:53 am

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