|Scientific Name||Ilex vomitoria||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ILVO|
|Common Name||Yaupon Holly||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||27986|
|Description||Habitat: Moist or well drained, sandy, loamy, clay, limestone, or gravelly soils; in wooded areas.
Plant: Upright, single- or multi-trunked shrub or small tree, growing 12-45 feet high but usually no higher than 25 feet; pale gray bark marked with white patches. Found in natural environments in central TX and in southern states. Commercially available.
Leaves: Dark green above, small elliptic to oblong or ovate-elliptic usually less than 1-1/2 in. long; finely-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Inconspicuous small flowers in clusters on peduncles; 4 white petals; dioecious (male and female blossoms on separate plants).
Fruit: Huge number of persistent red spherical berries on female trees, up to 1/4-inch in diameter.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: Wildflower Center and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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