Is ‘Will Fleming’ Yaupon Holly Good For Pollinators?
Q: I’m trying to support the local pollinators with new plantings and wondered if ‘Will Fleming’ yaupon holly is a good replacement for arborvitae. I am especially interested in mason bees.
A: ‘Will Fleming’ yaupon holly would be an excellent replacement. Solitary bees love the little white flowers which occur in great numbers in early spring when mason bees emerge. It has a nice dense form. Since ‘Will Fleming’ is a male holly it won’t have fruit but everyone with female yaupon hollies in the neighborhood will be very pleased to have a male nearby to increase the number of bright red berries they get.