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Plant Details

Ilex vomitoria

Yaupon

Scientific Name:

Ilex vomitoria

Genus:

Ilex

Species Epithet:

vomitoria

Common Name:

Yaupon

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aquifoliaceae (Holly Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft., 12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Maritime forests, other dry sandy forests (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Coastal Plain; rare escape from cultivation in the Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Native to the NC Coastal Plain, but can be found in the Sandhills and Piedmont as an escaped ornamental.

Female Blooms

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Jack Spruill
Hamstead, NC
Mid April

Male Blooms

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Jack Spruill
Late Apr

Berries

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Jack Spruill
Hamstead, NC
Early Jan

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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