yaupon Aquifoliaceae Ilex vomitoria
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, margin with rounded teeth, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch long, shiny dark green above, pale below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small greenish white, males numerous and in clusters, female solitary or in small clusters, appear in late spring.
Fruit:Berry-like drupe, dark orange to red, 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter, ripen in late summer, persistent and usually numerous.
Twig:Slender, stiff, initially purplish brown, velvety, but turning light gray and glabrous, buds very small and dark.
Bark:Thin, smooth and light gray, may be come a bit scaly.
Form:Evergreen shrub forming thickets with numerous stems and branches, reaches up to 20 feet.