Shadow's Female Yaupon
Ilex vomitoria 'Shadow's Female'
Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||The 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 Maturity||Moderate growth to 10 to 12 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late spring|
|Design Ideas||A 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.|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Firewise, Privacy Screen, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Group 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