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ILEX vomitoria 'Straughn's'
Straughn's Yaupon, Yaupon
Valued for its dwarf habit and showy fruits, ‘Straughn's' is a cultivar of yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), a small evergreen tree from the Southeast United States. Forming a somewhat open, irregularly branched, shoulder-high shrub, this female selection has small, shiny, rich green leaves with finely toothed edges. Older shrubs often become open at the center. From fall through much of winter, bright red transluscent berries adorn the silver-gray branches. A male companion is required for pollination and fruiting. The berries are preceded by inconspicuous fragrant white flowers in spring.
Perhaps the most adaptable evergreen holly for mild-winter climates, yaupon does well in sun or shade, clay or sand, and acid or alkaline soil. It tolerates salt spray and shearing and even a little drought. Use it in place of similar but less adaptable evergreens such as boxwood and Japanese holly (Ilex crenata). This shrub works well in borders, foundation plantings, and containers. Birds and other wildlife browse the fruits, especially in late winter when food is scarce.
The name "vomitoria" is derived from the fact that the leaves of this plant will induce vomiting if consumed.
12 - 1
7 - 11
H1, H2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Southeastern United States
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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