Ilex vomitoria 'Oscar's Dwarf'

Oscar’s Dwarf Yaupon Holly




Family: Aquifoliaceae

Genus: Ilex

Parent: Ilex vomitoria

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 2' tall and wide in 20 years

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


The only information I have found about this cultivar is from Rick Webb in his talk "New Varieties of Old Standard Native Plants" which he gave at the Fifth Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference, Nacogdoches, Texas June 2010. See the excerpt under history below. I have seen it listed as 'Oscar's Dwarf Greenleaf' also. The leaves are slightly larger than the other Dwarf Yaupon cultivars that I have seen but are otherwise very similar. It is the slow growth rate and size that distinguish this cultivar. Dirr lists 'Gray's Greenleaf' which is perhaps the same.


Excerpt from the proceedings of the Fifth Lone Star Regional Native Plant Conference, Nacogdoches, Texas June 2010: New Varieties of Old Standard Native Plants by Rick Webb:

Ilex vomitoria 'Oscar's Dwarf': According to Maarten van der Giessen: "The story behind Oscar is that Mr. (Tom) Dodd (Jr.) was showing Billy and me some Ilex latifolia crosses in his yard (when we noted) a two foot tall dark green yaupon in the bed. I asked him about it. It was twenty years old and never had been pruned. I took cuttings because I thought it was a cool cultivar, but I didn't think any plant that took twenty years to make a 7 gallon was commercial. (It) turns out its growth rate in a container was 'normal'. It makes a three gallon from a cutting in three years. Mr. Dodd asked me to name it for (a man named) Oscar Gray, but I told him I didn't see how it was a good idea to name a plant 'gray' whose main feature was that it wasn't gray. He agreed and we settled on 'Oscar's Dwarf'."

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2010 and planted it near the helipad in a spot which can be wet after a heavy rain. In spring 2012 I moved it to the Turret Front Garden.

Sources of Information

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