• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Tough, Deer Resistant Plant
    Inconspicuous spring flowers; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks vom-i-TO-ri-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 11 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous spring flowers; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasThis native Holly is among the very reliable small shrubs that maintain a neat, compact habit. Plant along foundations and fence lines, or in front of bigger flowering shrubs to cover their legs. Makes a great low-maintenance shrub for parkways, along driveway edges or in planters. May also be sheared into a rectangular hedge or spheres. Pair with female Yaupon Holly for a significant yield of berries for a bird habitat.
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Enkianthus (Enkianthus); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Osmanthus (Osmanthus); Wintergreen (Gaultheria)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Adaptable to a wide variety of moisture conditions, sun exposures, and soil conditions, provided soil is well-drained. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce tolerates drier soils. Fertilize in early spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.