Yaupon Holly 'Schillings Dwarf'

Ilex vomitoria

Family: Aquifoliaceae (a-kwee-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ilex (EYE-leks) (Info)
Species: vomitoria (vom-ih-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Schillings Dwarf
Additional cultivar information:(aka Schilling's Dwarf, Shillings, Shilling's Dwarf)



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Maplesville, Alabama

Bartow, Florida

Clewiston, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lady Lake, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Easley, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Culleoka, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Baytown, Texas

Bullard, Texas

Ennis, Texas

Frisco, Texas

Houston, Texas

Mart, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2017, lightyellow from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL wrote:

Basically like a boxwood but native and adapted to Florida. I have these and they're very durable, some getting full sun and others getting shade under a Sand Live Oak tree in my yard. The leaves are a steely gray-green color, they match the leaf color of pineapple guava and pink-flowering gaura (which I plant with them), young growth is maroon.

If I were choosing a foundation plant in Florida to put in front of a house, I would probably go with dwarf yaupon and dwarf Walter's viburnum. Both are native, evergreen, and have good wildlife value. They also have the advantage of requiring less pruning (maintenance) than the more common exotic viburnums and privets.

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On Mar 2, 2012, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a real nice evergreen shrub. It takes the weather very well but you have to make sure it gets some water if it doesn't rain often. Otherwise the leaves can turn brown and the limbs will die. It does hold a cut shape very well as it's a slow grower. This shrub looks good around the house foundation or even out in the open by itself.


On Jan 28, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I planted three of these in my front walkway garden well over fifteen years ago. They never freeze, they never got any kind of pest or fungus and they are not irrigated except by hand watering or rain. They are up against the house and so when it rains they will get run off from the roof. They require very little trimming, I just shape them up maybe twice a year when some new growth is emerging. They are shaded in morning and then get full sun middle hot part of the day and then filtered sun in the late day. I've seen over trimming of these that can cause a hole in the perfect neatness of these bushes, they really don't require heavy trimming. Mine have never grown up any taller than four foot. So they make a nice in front of the house hedge.


On Dec 22, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A great choice as a hedge, border or foundation planting. Slow growing and they maintain a perfect rounded shape that makes them look as though they are professionally trimmed every day.
Very small leaves. Much smaller than a regular yaupon. They are reportedly deer resistant. Rich, dark colored leaves offers good contrast with other things you may have planted. I don't think I've ever seen one not doing well. Easy to find in Florida garden centers.