Shadow's Female Yaupon

Ilex vomitoria 'Shadow's Female'

Wide pyramidal, evergreen shrub or small tree decorated with clusters of bright red, translucent berries amid lustrous, scalloped edge foliage. Can be pruned into topiary form. Abundantly foliaged, it adds a richer, thicker look than other varieties.
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Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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LoreThe species name, "vomitoria" attests to the toxicity of this plant, but Native American healers understood its properties and used it carefully in their medical arts.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growth to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring
Design IdeasA fine large native southeastern holly that makes a fine winter specimen in fruit. May be grouped for a screen or informal hedge and as a dark value background for light flowered or brightly variegated plants. Important addition to wildlife gardens and for crafters who cut berries during the holidays.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsGroup this holly with other southeastern favorites such as D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia, (Magnolia grandiflora 'D.D. Blanchard'), Cherokee Sweetgum, (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Ward'), Snowflake Oakleaf Hydrangea, (Hydrangea querquifolia 'Snowflake') and Double Shot Jessamine, (Gelsemium sempervirens and G. rankinii)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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