Ilex vomitoria 'Bordeaux'

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Ilex vomitoria (Bordeaux Yaupon Holly)

Bordeaux Yaupon Holly

This is a tough, small shrub selected from the southern United States. Yaupon Holly grows quickly in a variety of locations, from full sun or shade to seaside or swamps, in sand or clay. It can adapt to any situation it is planted in. Foliage on this cultivar is tinged red as it emerges.

The symmetrical, dense, rounded form of Dwarf Yaupon Holly requires only infrequent pruning to maintain its 4 to 6-foot height and spread. Unpruned plants eventually grow 7- to 10-feet-tall and slightly wider. Roots produce sprouts at the edge of the canopy producing dense thickets with time. Ideally suited as low-growing foundation plants, Dwarf Yaupon Holly is also excellent as a tall ground cover for a large-scale commercial or industrial landscape. It can be sheared into a formal hedge or into any of a number of topiary shapes. Most people "meatball" the plant into a globe.

Growing well in sun or light shade in soils from dry to wet, Yaupon Holly withstands drought when established and is highly salt-tolerant, making it ideally suited to seaside plantings. It is a selection of the native Yaupon Holly which grows naturally without irrigation on the dunes along the Atlantic Ocean. Growth rate is slow to moderate. Space plants 4 to 5 feet apart in a mass planting. Be sure to set plants several feet back from a walk, driveway or lawn area, because plants grow wider than tall and often require pruning to control their lateral growth. If you need to prune in this manner, be sure to leave the bottom of the plant much wider than the top so lower foliage is left on the plant. If you attempt to shear vertically, the lower branches are shaded and often lose foliage. This will give the shrub an unsightly, dark, leafless bottom.

7-10 Feet


7-10 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 7A to 10A

Characteristics & Attributes

Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Soil Moisture Needs
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