Ilex Revisited

In my recent post about harvesting some holly that our friends had cut down next to their house I mentioned the size of ilex trees in the mid-Atlantic region.  Here are a couple pictures from the yard of our daughter’s house near Mordor.  The first one is fairly typical of holly trees in the yard, of which there are a couple dozen on the property (you can see another in the background).

The larger tree is about our biggest one although we have another that is at least close in size if not greater.  I cannot even get my long arms around it.

Whenever we sell the house, I’m thinking one of these trees will suffer a fatal wound.  There’s a lot of banded inlay in this trunk.