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Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a shrub or bush that quite seldom grows up to real large tree size. They are evergreen plants, that show deep green prickly leaves and bear attractive reddest berries in the wintertime. Holly were holy plants for the Celts and Teutons, they were a symbol of eternal life and a few sprigs of them in a house or stable kept away bad luck and magic. They grow best in a humid moderate climate with mild winters, in England holly trees are popular and very important for Christmas practises and decoration.The wood is hard to find in large, clear pieces. It shows the brightest colour of all species, nearly white, very hard, fine grained, tough and heavy. Unfortunately the white colour very seldom remains, in most cases it turns over to a greenish or reddish shade. Holly wood has been used for tool handles, walking sticks and whip grips, as it is said to have magic properties in controlling every horse, no matter how wayward it was.