Q. Possomhaw holly, is it a plant that you would recommend for an understory plant? 

A. Yes, possomhaw holly is a drought tolerant plant that is attractive as an understory plant with the colorful berries that are a favorite of the birds. The deer also do not seem to eat the plant, but it may have limited shade tolerance.

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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