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Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'

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Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana') at Autumn Hill Nursery

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

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Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana') at Autumn Hill Nursery

Dwarf Yaupon Holly foliage

Dwarf Yaupon Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana') at Autumn Hill Nursery

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

Makes a great groundcover, rock garden shrub or for use as edging; bright red berries persist into the winter and attract birds; does best in evenly moist, acidic soil but is drought tolerant; shows salt spray tolerance; has somewhat brittle branches

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Yaupon Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in early fall. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Yaupon Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Yaupon Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Yaupon Holly will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Dwarf Yaupon Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
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