Illex vomitoria ‘Schillings Dwarf’
Dwarf Schillings Holly, also known as a Dwarf Yaupon Holly, is a very versatile compact, low growing and naturally mounding shrub. It makes a great choice for low, formal hedges, foundation plantings or as a tall ground cover.
This evergreen has small, dark green leaves that have a reddish cast when they are young. Clusters of small white flowers appear on the plant each spring but they tend to not be very showy. Due to its slow growth rate, it may require a little patience to get it to the size you would like it to be but its low maintenance habit makes it worth the wait.
Once established, Schilling Dwarf Holly is drought and salt tolerant, making it ideal for seaside plantings. It grows well in sun or light shade and in dry and wet soils. Dwarf Schillings can reach sizes of four to six feet high by six to ten feet wide but is easily maintained as low as two to three feet with infrequent pruning. Older plants grow taller and can become quite wide as roots produce sprouts at the edge of the canopy.
Schillings Dwarf Holly, Dwarf Youpon Holly, Schilling
Hardy Range: 7 – 10
Mature Height: 4 – 6’
Mature Spread: 6 – 10’
Growth Rate: slow
Growth Habit: round
Schillings Dwarf Holly has dense evergreen foliage and very symmetrical rounded compact habit. Its small, shiny, oval leaves have fine toothed edges and are bright green to gray-green. In spring it offers inconspicuous fragrant white flowers. This is a male cultivar, so it is not fruit producing.
Soil: extended flooding; acidic; slightly alkaline; sand; loam; clay
Exposure: partial shade, partial sun