Weeping Yaupon Holly
(Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula')

  • Weeping Yaupon Holly makes a very distinct, irregular, weeping form with its upright crooked trunks and slender, curved, pendulous branches and small, oval, grey-green foliage.
  • Weeping Yaupon Holly is most often seen 15 to 20 feet tall with a spread of only 6 to 12 feet. Old plants will spread to 25 feet.
  • The flowers attract bees for several weeks and are followed in fall and winter by a spectacular display of red berries which attract wildlife.  The inconspicuous male and female flowers appear on separate plants so purchase plants with berries on them (females) if you want a berry-producing tree.
  • The tree is best used as an accent or specimen due to its unusual form, but planted about 8 to 10 feet apart makes a nice screen in the full sun.
  • Weeping Yaupon Holly is adaptable to a wide range of cultural conditions, from well-drained to wet, acid to alkaline, and sun to part-shade. It is very tolerant of drought and sea salt, and is one of the most durable and adaptable of the small-leaved evergreen Hollies for use in southern landscapes.
  • Light pruning may be necessary to maintain shape, but unlike the species it requires less maintenance because it does not sprout from the roots.

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