Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria
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Easy-Growing, Unique Foliage and Easy to Maintain
Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) is a native evergreen shrub or small tree known for its ornamental value. Yaupon Holly tree belongs to the holly family (Aquifoliaceae). It has glossy, dark green leaves and produces colorful berries, typically red, which add visual interest to the plant. Yaupon Holly is native to the southeastern United States, including Florida, Texas, and other coastal areas.
When considering landscaping with native plants in Florida, the Yaupon Holly is an excellent choice due to its adaptability, aesthetic appeal, and ecological benefits.
This versatile plant is often grown in residential landscapes and can be shaped into hedges or trimmed into desired forms. There are various cultivars available, including weeping, columnar, and dwarf forms. Yaupon Holly can reach a height of 10 to 15 feet, making it suitable for both small and large spaces. It has a dense, conical or rounded crown.
Yaupon Holly is popular for its low maintenance requirements. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant and can thrive in various soil conditions, including sandy or clay-based soils. The berries of Yaupon Holly provide a valuable food source for birds, which helps support local wildlife populations.
Yaupon Holly has a fascinating history. Native American tribes used the leaves and twigs to prepare a caffeinated beverage known as "black drink" or "yaupon tea." It was commonly consumed during ceremonial rituals.
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Growing Zones: 8-10 outdoors
|Mature Height:||10-15 ft.
|Mature Width:||3-5 ft.|
|Sunlight:||Thrives in Full Sun, Tolerates Partial Shade|
|Foliage:||Unique Dwarf Green Foliage, Year Round|
|Uses:||Border, Entry Ways, Small Hedge|
|Characteristics:||Year round interest, Cold Tolerant|
|Soil Conditions:||Prefers well Drain soils|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Yaupon Holly plants are extremely easy to grow. They are pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant. Full sun will provide the richest color, but these plants will grow well in some shade too.
Makes a great low growing hedge in the landscape, Ideally used as borders in driveways, entryways, sidewalks, foundations and mass planting, its unique dense foliage flourishes in full sun, creates eye-catching contrast, this is an attractive addition well into the winter months.
Yaupon Holly Plant is preferred by professional landscapers due its durability, easy care and low maintenance requirements.
Planting and Care
PLANTING, ideal time for planting Yaupon Holly plants is early spring. select an area with FULL SUN, Yaupon Holly plants are easily grown in well drained soils, avoid wet soggy soils, once established yaupon holly are highly adaptable and drought resistant. When planting dig a hole 6-12 inches wider than your new plant's root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level, this is very important, planting the plant deeper than the original top soil line may severely damage the tree. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply the mulch over the entire planting area.
WATER your yaupon holly plant twice a week during the first 2 months to establish a strong root system, Once your plant(s) is established rainfall should suffice, increase frequency during extremely hot or windy days, you should always verify the top 2-3 inches of soil, if dry to the touch is time to water.
FERTILIZE your plants during spring before new growth begins. Applying a slow-release, 180 days duration, well balance fertilizer is probably the simplest solution and least expensive.
PRUNING is recommended to shape as desired.
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