Weeping Youpon Holly

S & J Nursery’s Guide to growing

Weeping Youpon Holly

in the Northeast Florida Landscape

Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon Holly Origins:

Weeping Youpon Foliage  – Native to North America, including Florida.

Preferred Exposure of the Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon

 – Weeping Youpon Holly trees can be grown in a full sun or partial shade location in our Jacksonville and St. Augustine area landscapes.

 Foliage | Bark of the Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon
Holly :

 – Evergreen, oval leaves are dark
green above
and have NO blackish or dark brown pores on the bottom of the
( An identification tool that helps differentiate it from Compacta Holly bushes that are also common
in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine area landscape). Leaves are .5 -1.5 inches long with a 1/8 inch

 – Bark on the Weeping Youpon Holly tree
is a white to grey color.

– Can be found in both single trunk and multi trunk specimens.

Soil Preference / Salt tolerance of the Ilex vomitoria
‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon Holly:

– Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions clay, sand,
loam, acidic, alkaline.

– Can be planted into dry soils as well as soils that are occasionally wet.

  – High salt tolerance.

Size Variance of the Ilex vomitoria
‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon Holly :

 – Ilex Vomitoria “Pendula’ trees are usually found in the Northeast Florida
landscapes at sizes of 15-25 feet H | 10-12+ feet W. (wider if multi trunked

Growth Habit:

 – Upright trunks with drooping
that curve downward sharply.

 Growth Rate of the Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’
/ Weeping Youpon Holly:

 – Moderate growing, expect Weeping Youpon Holly trees to grow
anywhere from 1-2 feet per year in height depending on water and nutrient availability.
Responds well to heavy fertilization.

Blooms and Fruits of the Ilex
vomitoria ‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon Holly:youpon Holly Fruits S & J Tree Farm and Nursery

 –Inconspicuous greenish white flowers give way to
beautiful red drupes in the fall on female plants.

 – The 1/4 inch fruits on female plants attract birds
to the landscape. And the leaves contain caffeine and can be used to make a coffee replacement or caffeine

Water Requirements of the Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’
/ Weeping Youpon Holly:

 – Drought tolerant selection! Water well during the
establishment period after being planted into the landscape from the S & J Nursery container.

Butterfly or Bird Attracting:

– Fruits attract birds to the landscape.

 Best Uses For Ilex vomitoria
‘Pendula’ / Weeping Youpon Holly :

  – Easy care native landcapes plant
selection for the Northeast Florida gardens.

 – Low trimming requirements and dense foliage growth
makes Youpon Holly an ideal landscape choice for informal or natural looking privacy
or property barriers.

 – Ideal for hedges, specimen plantings and espalier

 – Female plants produce berries that attract birds to
the garden.

Care of the Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’  / Weeping
Youpon Holly :

 – Beautiful garden specimen planting. Often sold with the bottom foliage
removed to expose the bright grey to white wood on the trunks.

 – Water every day during the establishment period.
See watering your newly planted trees for more
information. Drought tolerant and will not require additional irrigation after rooted and established into the

  – Fertilize each spring and again in summer if
trying to get them to grow quickly with a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant
food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch
circle underneath the foliage of the tree