Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pride of Houston’)

Pride of Houston Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pride of Houston’)


Pride of Houston (Ilex vomitoria ‘Pride of Houston’) is an evergreen plant which is native to Texas. These Yaupons tolerate the hot and dry Texas summers with relative ease, however, prospers when provided with more ideal conditions. Yaupons include evergreen shrubs or small trees with light gray bark, and small oval shaped alternate leaves with coarsely serrated margins. It forms multiple stems in clumps, giving the plant some density despite the smaller leaves. The small white flowers in the spring are striking, however, the red drupe berries that follow in the fall to winter are the main attraction. They stay on during the winter, attracting birds and other wildlife as a food source. ‘Pride of Houston’ Yaupon is an all-female cultivar, guaranteeing berries every season. Ilex vomitoria received its name from its usage with Native Americans; it was an ingredient in teas used in rituals that would induce vomiting. Yaupons tolerate nearly any type of soil and can also be grown along the coastline as well. They will grow 10 to 15 feet tall with an 8-to-12-foot spread. Can be pruned to shorter heights and narrower widths.

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15 Gallon, 25/30 Gallon, 45 Gallon, 65 Gallon, 95 Gallon