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Ilex vomitoria (Holly, Dwarf Yaupon)

Holly, Dwarf Yaupon

Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'

Native to Texas, Yaupon Holly is a species of holly that tolerates the hot and dry Texas summers with relative ease, however prospers when provided more ideal conditions. Yaupons include evergreen shrubs or small trees with light gray bark, and small oval shaped alternate leaves with coarsely serrated margins. It forms multiple stems in clumps, giving the plant some density despite the smaller leaves. ‘Nana’ is a dwarf cultivar of Yaupon Holly, never growing over five feet in height or width. It’s often trimmed into hedges or shaped into topiary balls in the landscape.

The small white flowers in the spring are somewhat striking. The red drupe berries common with Yaupon are not as noticeable with ‘Nana’. They stay on during the winter, attracting birds and other wildlife as a food source.

Ilex vomitoria received its name from its usage with Native Americans; it was an ingredient in teas used in rituals that would induce vomiting.  Yaupon tolerates nearly any quality type of soil, and can be grown along the coastline as well. 

Medium Hedge
Flowerbed Topiary
Small Foundation

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4 Feet



4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 8a

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Item Description
HOL-DYA-05 #005 HOLLY, YAUPON DWARF 'NANA' View Current Crop Photo
HOL-DYA-15 #010 HOLLY, YAUPON DWARF 'NANA' View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs