Among the approximately 500 species of hollies there are natural hybrids , such as east palatka holly, a cross between ilex cassine (see description) and ilex opaca (american holly). It is a native of florida and was first discovered in 1927 near the town of the same name, about 25 miles southwest of st. Augustine, where the two species overlap in distribution. East palatka holly is a medium to large tree with fairly dense foliage and a pyramidal shape. The evergreen leaves are elliptical to oval, spiny on the edge and tip. Flowers are greenish white, female flowers lightly scented; fruits pea-sized and bright red, attracting feeding birds. The plant prefers moist well-drained soils, but is tolerant of wet sites. Like all hollies, this hybrid is easily pruned; it has a range of landscape uses as a durable street tree, along highways, as a specimen tree, as a screening hedge, in containers and to decorate parking lots. This holly has no serious pest or disease problems. The tree is dioecious with separate male and female plants; for fruit production a nearby ilex male is needed for pollen, delivered by bees.