Dwarf Yaupon Holly

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Easy Care Dwarf Yaupon Holly

  • Retains a Mounding Form
  • Compact, Dense Holly
  • Easy Care
  • One of the More Drought Tolerant Hollies Once Established

If you are looking for a wonderful, mounding broadleaved evergreen plant with dark green leaves, you'll want to take a close look at this petite Holly ilex variety. Use as a modern foundation planting that won't outgrow its space. Because of its low mature height, it will stay well below most windows.

Dwarf Yaupon, (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'), is a compact dwarf form that grows into a symmetrical mound. This is a neat and tidy plant that you won't have to fuss over. You'll definitely appreciate the small, shiny leaves and smokey purple stems of the new growth in spring.

This pretty plant is native to the edge of coastal forests of Virginia, Florida and Texas and the open areas along the Mississippi in Arkansas.

How to Use Dwarf Yaupon Holly in the Landscape

This is an excellent evergreen plant for planter boxes or used as a low, formal hedge. They'll work in large containers with well drained, evenly moist soil.

Give it enough room to reach its mature height and spread, so you won't have to mess with pruning for size. This broadleaf evergreen holds its gorgeous leaves all year long.

If you've always loved the look of English style gardens, you'll want to use these effortless plants to provide structure and strong, year-round visual interest. Not every plant needs to be a drama queen. Use these structural plants as the "backbone" of your garden design.

They can act as an easy care replacement for Boxwood. They do respond well to pruning and shearing, so feel free to explore more formal designs, such as Knot Gardens or Parterre Gardens that rely on the Dwarf Yaupon Holly to act as a border plant. Place the Hollies in a geometric pattern with an open center. Then, fill the center with plants such as Lavender or Russian Sage, Tree Form Roses, Topiary or even dwarf Fruit Trees. What a magnificent showpiece in your landscape!

This is a versatile shrub that can hold its own without a lot of care or concern on your part. It lives to serve you, beautifully and reliably year after year. Is it any wonder it's so popular?

#ProPlantTips Plant Care

This plant will grow in full shade to full sun, but the more light it has, the denser its foliage will be. A minimum of 6 hours works well. A light application of Dr. Earth Life Organic & Natural All Purpose Fertilizer will be helpful in early spring. Spread it evenly around the plant, following directions.

Once established, it is drought and salt spray tolerant. It will perform best in well-drained, slightly acidic soil conditions, so add peat moss and organic materials when planting. If you have very heavy clay soil that doesn't drain well, consider planting these in raised beds.

Whether you need one for a container or several for a low hedge, you can't go wrong with the pretty, mounded, low maintenance Dwarf Yaupon Holly. Buy yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Dwarf Yaupon Holly Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'
Mature Height 3 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Greenish White
Foliage Evergreen
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Photos courtesy of Spring Meadows - www.springmeadows.com