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Weeping Yaupon Holly
An exceptionally attractive native, the Weeping Yaupon Holly is a beautiful tree prized for it's distinctive weeping habit and for it's many uses in the landscape. More details below!!

Weeping Yaupon Holly

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Weeping Yaupon Holly
Ilex vomitoria  'Pendula'

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 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

An exceptionally attractive North American native, the Weeping Yaupon Holly is a beautiful tall shrub or small tree prized for its distinctive weeping habit and for its many uses in the landscape, including in areas where the soil stays on the somewhat boggy side. It responds well to pruning so many landscapers and gardeners clip or shear it to various formal shapes, such as the "umbrella" tree form pictured above.

Weeping Yaupon Holly makes a very distinct, irregular, weeping form with its upright crooked trunks and slender, curved, pendulous branches clothed with small, oval, grey-green foliage. Its weeping branches become covered with bright red berries during the fall and winter months. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 30 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide with no pruning, the Weeping Yaupon Holly is ideal for use as a tall specimen shrub or tree, in groupings, or in privacy screen plantings. Very effective as a corner plant or espalier (trained to grow against a wall) in tall home foundation plantings. It responds very well to pruning and shearing so lower branches can be removed to form an attractive tree and the top can be sheared to very interesting shapes ranging from "umbrella' to pyramidal. 

Spacing Recommendations:  5' for privacy screens, 12 feet for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

A sturdy North American native, Weeping Yaupon Holly is adaptable to a wide range of cultural conditions, from well-drained to wet, acid to alkaline, and sun to part-shade. It is very tolerant of drought and sea salt, and is one of the most durable and adaptable of the small leaved evergreen Hollies for use in southern landscapes. Light pruning may be necessary to maintain shape, but unlike the species it requires less maintenance because it does not sprout from the roots.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for a Holly tree.

How To Plant A Holly Tree In The Ground Or In Pots

How To Prune A Holly Bush Or Tree

How To Fertilize & Water A Holly Tree

Privacy Screen Design And Planting Tips

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-10a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Tree or Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  10-25'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Upright, Weeping
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Tiny
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Medium Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Bright Red
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, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  4.5 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low if left in natural form
Attracts:  Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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