Weeping Yaupon Holly
|Uses||Accent Tree, Specimen Tree|
|Scientific Name||Illex Vomitoria “Pendula”|
|Cold Hardiness||Cold Hardy|
|Light Needs||Full sun to partial shade|
|Water Needs||Moderate, Drought Tolerant|
|Mature Height||8-10 Feet|
Choose this tree and you have an unusual specimen in your landscape. It grows just the opposite way of any other tree in your landscape—down. This is where the “weeping” name comes in. It is an evergreen holly and after the tiny white flowers have their way with it in the spring, the red berries take over in the fall and winter. Nice to have them against a white or weathered gray fence to show off all that red.
This hardy shrub is a very tolerant species, from a variety of soils to being unafraid of salt. It’s performs well as a hedge, screen or windbreak. If you do want to make a barrier with it, be sure and give them plenty of room to grow together—like about 5 feet apart. Its fast growth and small leaves facilitate a topiary treatment. Keeping a few around the yard is good to provide food and shelter for our feathered friends.