yaupon Aquifoliaceae Ilex
|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.
Looks like: myrtle holly
- large gallberry
| Additional Range Information:
Ilex vomitoria is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting yaupon.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson