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Dwarf Yaupon Holly - Schillings Holly

Scientific Name: Ilex vomitoria 'Schillings'
Best Planted In Zone: 7-10


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Dwarf yaupon holly also called Schillings Holly is a slow-growing, fine-leafed, hardy shrub. They are easy to care for and many gardeners love to trim into little balls. This is a slow-growing shrub you can keep about 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall for many years. Once it matures, expect to maintain it at around 3 feet. At maturity, it can reach a height and spread between 4-6 feet. Shillings holly produces no berries and also has no spines on the leaves. It produces tiny, non-showy flowers in spring. Attractive for its gray-green leaves with a hint of red in the new growth, this plant can be left untrimmed to grow into a naturally mounded shape in a more casual setting. Drought tolerant once established. USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10.
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First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Plant in full to part sun but will grow in partial shade. Add top soil or organic peat moss and composted cow manure to the hole when you plant. You’ll only need to trim once in a while to keep the plant nicely shaped. Dwarf yaupon has a naturally rounded shape. If you grow it as a manicured hedge, avoid a boxy, straight-up cut on the sides. A rounder shape will let sunlight in to keep the plant full to the bottom, but vertical sides prevent light from getting through resulting in bare stems at the base. Water regularly but give the area enough time to dry out between waterings. Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and fall - with a good granular fertilizer. Place these shrubs 2-1/2 to 3 feet apart and away from the house 2-1/2 to 3 feet. If you plant a row of dwarf yaupon holly shrubs along a walk, place them 3 feet or more in from the pavement's edge. They can spread out wide eventually.