Yaupon holly

Ilex vomitoria

Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria)
EYE-leks vom-ih-TOR-ee-ah
Genus:  Ilex
Yaupon holly is an upright, irregularly branched, evergreen shrub or small tree with ovate, toothed, shiny dark-green leaves and gray branches. Profuse, transluscent scarlet fruit persists through the winter.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Useful for screening or hedging in swampy areas.
Care:  Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. I. vomitoria is adaptable to wet soil.
Propagation:  Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer or early autumn.
Problems:  Young shoots are susceptible to aphids; scale insects and leaf miners. Phytophtora root rot sometimes occurs.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Hedge,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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