Ilex vomitoria

(Holly, Yaupon)


$199.99


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Ilex vomitoria commonly known as Yaupon is native to a variety of areas including sandy woods, dunes, open fields, forest edges and wet swamps, often along the coastal plain and maritime forests, from Virginia to Florida, Arkansas and Texas. This is a thicket-forming, broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree that typically grows in an upright, irregularly branched form to 10-20′ tall and to 10′ wide, but may grow taller in optimum conditions. Elliptic to ovate-oblong, leathery, glossy, evergreen, dark green leaves (to 1.5″ long) have toothed margins. Small greenish-white flowers appear on male and female plants in spring (April). Flowers are fragrant but generally inconspicuous. Pollinated flowers on female plants give way to berry-like red (infrequently yellow) fruits (1/4″ diameter) which ripen in fall and persist into winter. Birds are attracted to the fruit.

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Description

Grow in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. In its native habitat, it grows in dry to wet conditions, in a variety of soils and in sun or shade. It generally tolerates more drought than most other hollies. Prune in winter if needed. Plants of this species are dioecious (separate male and female plants). Female plants need a male pollinator in the area in order to bear fruit. Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalization is desired.

Additional information

Common Name

Holly, Yaupon

Botanical Name

Ilex vomitoria

Container/Amount

15 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun

Height

20 ft.

Width

14 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Berry Color

red

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