The Schilling Holly, also known as Dwarf Yaupon Holly, is a favorite among gardeners. It is used as a small hedge, border plant, or foundation plant due to the dense rounded form it maintains. It gives off the impression of being professionally shaped without any formal cutting.
Fun fact: Yaupon Holly is native to southeastern North America and can be found growing wild in Florida and neighboring states! It is traditionally used by Native Americans as a drinkable tea which contains more caffeine than coffee. Its botanical name is Ilex vomitoria because if drank in too large of a quantity it can induce vomiting.
This shrub isn’t picky about soil type and will thrive in both dry and wet conditions equally well. Salt tolerant and drought tolerant once established, the Schilling often forms into a thick, low-maintenance and uniformly green groundcover.
The Schilling Holly prefers full sun to partial shade. The Schilling plant produces medium sized, dark green leaves with a small oval shape that have a reddish cast when plants are young. The branches are coated with silvery, gray bark. Small white flowers appear in spring, but are somewhat inconspicuous.
The Schilling Dwarf Holly can grow up to 4-7 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide making it perfect for formal hedges because of the height and spread. The fast growth rate can grow so fast in full sun that it may require infrequent pruning lightly to keep desired shape. In light shade, the plant may produce no berries but will keep a small growing nature. Plants grow to the location they are planted in.
Grow this shrub across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9.
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Ilex vomitoria 'Schilling's Dwarf'
- Drought tolerant
- Salt tolerant
- Low maintenance
- Easy care foundation plant