This slow-growing evergreen shrub is a part of the holly family. It thrives in pine flatwoods. It serves as an excellent source for pollinators, including honeybees and butterflies. Many species also eat its fruit, including bobwhite quail, wild turkey and small mammals. White-tailed deer and rabbits eat its leaves. It also provides a place to hide for mammals. Honey produced from gallberries is highly rated for its flavor. Native Americans used gallberry leaves to make a black tea.