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Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria 'Taylor's Rudolph'

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Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Taylor's Rudolph') at Randy's Perennials

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly

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Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Taylor's Rudolph') at Randy's Perennials

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly foliage

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

An excellent, low growing dwarf habit that is great for borders; glossy, bright red berries for added winter interest; very adaptable to a wide range of cultural conditions; a beautiful evergreen accent shrub

Ornamental Features

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in early fall. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The small glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Taylor's Rudolph Yaupon Holly makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features