Stoke's Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Male)

Ilex vomitoria 'Stoke's Dwarf'

This dwarf evergreen shrub with tight branches that create a tidy spreading mound is excellent for low hedges, borders, or around foundations. The twiggy branches covered with fine-textured, glossy, dark green foliage take well to shearing. A tough plant that tolerates a range of soil conditions and can withstand drought or flooding.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationI-leks vom-i-TO-ri-a
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous spring flowers; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dwarf Plant, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Enkianthus (Enkianthus); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Osmanthus (Osmanthus); Wintergreen (Gaultheria)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-11

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