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Bordeaux Dwarf Yaupon Holly
Bordeaux is unique among yaupon hollies in that it produces colorful deep burgundy new growth throughout the warm season. More details below

Bordeaux Dwarf Yaupon Holly

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Bordeaux Dwarf Yaupon Holly
Ilex vomitoria  'Bordeaux'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Yaupon Holly is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

One of the designers top pics for home foundation plantings, Bordeaux is unique among dwarf yaupon hollies in that it produces colorful deep burgundy new growth throughout the warm season on dense mounds. This new growth matures to attractive, oval-shape, boxwood-like, grey-green leaves that have have no points. It is an exceptionally tough evergreen shrub, being both drought and heat tolerant, and also tolerating more moisture in the soil than other hollies.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Its dense and mounding form 2 to 4 feet in height and 3 to 5 feet wide (depending on pruning), and the fact that it responds very well to shearing, makes the Bordeaux Yaupon one of the best evergreen shrubs for use in home foundation plantings. The shrub can be kept to about half its mature size with regular pruning or shearing. It can also be useful as an underplanting for mid-size trees such as Crape Myrtle and Japanese Maples, in groupings or mass plantings, or as a low-growing natural to formal hedge.

Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges;  7' or more for space between plants when left unpruned

Cultural Preferences

Bordeaux Dwarf Yaupon is exceptionally easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained to moderately drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Yaupon hollies tolerate more moisture than other species of holly, making them a great alternative to Japanese hollies (Ilex crenata), which don't like wet feet at all. So, if you have a site that holds more moisture, and are looking for a low, mounding evergreen shrub to plant, yaupon holly might just be your choice. Dwarf yaupon hollies require no pruning however respond very well to shearing for formal hedges and various interesting geometrical shapes.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and water Dwarf Yaupon Holly shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  2-4' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  3-5' depending on pruning
Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges; 7' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Rounded
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Tiny, inconspicuous
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium Green, Gray, Burgundy
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  N/A
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Somewhat Dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Mildew, Heat, Insect, Clay Soil, Moist Soil

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