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Holly Dwarf Yaupon

Holly Dwarf Yaupon


Description: Dwarf Yaupon Holly is a slow-growing, dwarf variety of the native Yaupon Holly. It features small, glossy, dark green leaves that are oval to lance-shaped and densely arranged along the stems. The plant has a compact, mounding growth habit, with a rounded or irregular shape. Inconspicuous white flowers may appear in spring, followed by small red berries on female plants, adding ornamental interest. The berries persist into winter and are attractive to birds.

Size: Dwarf Yaupon Holly typically grows to a height and width of 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters), though it can vary depending on growing conditions and pruning. Its compact size makes it well-suited for use as a low hedge, border plant, or foundation planting. Regular pruning can help maintain its desired shape and size.

Best Growing Zones: Dwarf Yaupon Holly is adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11. It thrives in regions with mild winters and hot summers, making it particularly well-suited to the southeastern United States. It is tolerant of heat, drought, and salt spray, making it suitable for coastal landscapes.

Soil Requirements: This holly variety prefers well-drained soil but can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soil. It is adaptable to both acidic and alkaline soil conditions. Once established, Dwarf Yaupon Holly is drought-tolerant and requires minimal supplemental watering, making it an excellent choice for water-wise landscaping.

Maintenance: Dwarf Yaupon Holly is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care once established. It prefers full sun to partial shade for optimal growth and foliage density. Pruning is typically not necessary for this shrub, but it can be done in late winter or early spring to remove any dead, damaged, or overgrown branches. Fertilization is generally not required, as this plant is adaptable to nutrient-poor soils.

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