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Yaupon Holly Will Fleming


Column Yaupon Holly, Ilex Vomitoria 'Will Fleming'

USDA Zone: 7-10

Watering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Botanical Pronunciation:I-leks vom-i-TO-ri-a
Plant type:Shrub
Growth habit:Columnar
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Narrow vertical growth reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Special features:Pollenizer, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Dark Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Flower color:White
Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Oakleaf Hydrangea; (Hydrangea querquifolia); Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Wintergreen (Gaultheria); False Holly (Osmanthus); Enkianthus (Enkianthus)

Yaupon Holly is a common evergreen shrub or small tree with small leaves and red berries on female plants. It is found from southeastern Virgina to Texas. It is a popular and adaptable ornamental and there are a number of named varieties including dwarf types. Yaupon provided the caffenated "black drink" of the coastal Indians and a coffee or tea subsititute for some inhabitants of the Virginia and Carolina coastal strip. This is a very unusual narrow upright form of this versatile evergreen. It was found in east Texas by Will Fleming. It forms an exclamation mark in the landscape and is hardy to 15'. Keep it tight by pruning any errant branches. This is a great fastigiate male clone that is a good plant for a narrow space.

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