Plants of the UNF Campus

Ilex vomitoria - Yaupon holly
Family Aquifoliaceae

Description:

This holly is native to the southeastern U.S. and Mexico, including north Florida. Like most hollies, this species is dioecious. This is a popular landscape plant in the southern U.S. It is adaptable to a wide variety of garden conditions. Several varieties have been selected for their growth habits, leaf types and fruit colors. The leaves were used to make a ceremonial drink by native Americans. The fruits are valuable as wildlife food.

Location:

See the dwarf shrubby variety in the 123 Plaza and the front of the library. See the weeping variety at the Arena. Typical tree types are scattered around campus.

Size:

The typical wild plant is a small to medium sized tree of twenty feet tall or more. The dwarf, shrubby varieties can reach about four to five feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: very drought tolerant when established

Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements

This is a very adaptable garden plant in north Florida. It is adaptable to moist, dry, sunny, and shady gardens. 

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