Botanical Name: Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’
Common Name: Weeping Yaupon Holly
Description: Have you ever seen the Florida native weeping Yaupon holly?? It’s gorgeous in all of its uniqueness. It’s usually limbed up as a small tree to show off the weeping branches, but can also be grown as a shrub. Either way expect it to grow at a moderate rate to 10-20′ tall x 6-12′ wide. Weeping Yaupon Holly makes a very distinct, irregular, weeping form with its upright crooked trunks and slender, curved, pendulous branches clothed with small, oval, grey-green foliage. White flowers bloom in the spring. Massive display of bright red berries provide showy fall and winter col or and attract birds, bees, specifically the Colletes banksi bees, other pollinators, and small critters. Perfect as landscape accent. It is evergreen, grows in sun to part shade, and isn’t particular about soil type. The plant will form thickets unless suckers are removed. Very drought tolerant after getting established, but can also deal well with occasional flooding.
Tolerant of inundation with brackish water. Moderately tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray.
This plant in 3-gallon containers 2-3′ tall.
This plant in 7-gallon containers is 3-5′ tall.
This plant in 15-gallon containers is 5-7′ tall.
Plant Lore: The leaves of the parent plant were used for ceremonial tea, which, when consumed in large quantities, caused a cleansing now memorialized by the specific epithet vomitoria.