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Yaupon Holly

If you’re looking for a versatile, evergreen shrub or small tree that adds both beauty and resilience to your landscape, the Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) is a superb choice. This native plant is celebrated for its dense, bushy form and its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. Typically growing to a height of 15 to 20 feet with a spread of about 10 to 15 feet, the Yaupon Holly is perfect for hedges, screens, or as a stand-alone ornamental tree.

The Yaupon Holly is particularly noted for its small, glossy, green leaves and the abundance of bright red berries it produces in the fall and winter, which are not only attractive but also provide food for birds. This holly is dioecious, meaning that both male and female plants are needed for berry production.

When planting a Yaupon Holly, consider its adaptability to both sun and shade, as well as its tolerance to various soil types, including sandy and clay soils. This tree is highly drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal maintenance, making it an excellent choice for low-water gardens and xeriscaping.

Pruning can be done to shape the Yaupon Holly as desired, and it responds well to being trimmed into formal shapes or left in its natural, more rounded form. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring.

Incorporating a Yaupon Holly into your landscape is not just about planting a tree; it’s about introducing a hardy, versatile plant that offers year-round interest and benefits to wildlife. Its ease of care and attractive appearance make it a favorite among gardeners looking for reliable, ornamental foliage.

For more information on the hardy and attractive Yaupon Holly and how it can enhance your landscape with its evergreen beauty and versatility, please contact us today!

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