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
Holly:

 – 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
leaf
( 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
petiole.

 – 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
tree)

Growth Habit:

 – Upright trunks with drooping
branches
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
tea.

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
screens
or property barriers.

 – Ideal for hedges, specimen plantings and espalier
forms.

 – 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
landscape.

  – 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