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ILEX vomitoria 'Will Fleming'

Image of Ilex vomitoria 'Will Fleming'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Aquifoliaceae

Botanical Name

ILEX vomitoria 'Will Fleming'

Plant Common Name

Will Fleming Yaupon, Yaupon

General Description

This is a highly linear, columnar form of the versitile and tough, yaupon holly. It is most valued for its fine, dense evergreen foliage and strong upright habit. Its small, shiny, oval leaves have fine toothed edges and are bright green to gray-green. In spring it offers inconspicuous fragrant white flowers. This is a male cultivar, so it is not fruit producing.

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, hollies such as Ilex crenata. Upright cultivars such as this work wonderfully in foundation plantings, mixed borders, and large containers. This shrub also takes well to pruning and shearing and makes an excellent bonsai, topiary, or espalier subject.

The name "vomitoria" is derived from the fact that the leaves of this plant will induce vomiting if consumed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No