, Native Americans brewed the leaves and stems to brew a tisane, commonly thought to be called asi or black drink for male-only purification and unity rituals. Yaupon holly's fast growth rate and small leaves make it a perfect choice for topiary. Like other hollies, this species is dioecious (separate male and female plants), so you will need to plant a male pollinator in order for this shrub to flower and bear fruit. These include: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-1.RLTS.T62390A47600649.en, "Ritual Black Drink consumption at Cahokia", "Texas' Only Caffeinated Plant Makes a Buzzworthy Tea - Texas Highways", "Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ilex_vomitoria&oldid=982921979, Plants used in traditional Native American medicine, Articles containing Spanish-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 'Grey's Littleleaf'/'Grey's Weeping' – weeping cultivar. Your best bet is to shop for a holly during the winter and purchase one that already has berries on it. Like many other hollies, yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) is an evergreen shrub or tree that is loved for the colorful berries it produces on the female plants. The species may be distinguished from the similar Ilex cassine by its smaller leaves with a rounded, not acute apex. Larger cultivars can be planted as small specimen trees. Yaupon holly occurs naturally from Texas east to Florida and north to the southern part of Virginia.  It generally occurs in coastal areas in well-drained sandy soils, and can be found on the upper edges of brackish and salt marshes, sandy hammocks, coastal sand dunes, inner-dune depressions, sandhills, maritime forests, nontidal forested wetlands, well-drained forests and pine flatwoods. (Yaupon): A Native North American Source of a Caffeinated and Antioxidant-Rich Tea. 'Will Fleming' – male clone featuring a columnar growth habit. Despite its Asian sounding common name, yaupon, I. vomitoria is a north American native. 'Pendula' – "weeping" variety. Another common name, cassina, was borrowed from Timucua (despite this, it usually refers to Ilex cassine). Some growers allow the plant to continue growing in the pot for a full year before transplanting it into a permanent landscape location. Thus the alarming scientific name: Ilex vomitoria. A native to the southeastern U.S., youpon holly prefers the conditions common in that region—warm, relatively humid weather. Ilex vomitoria, commonly known as yaupon (/ˈjɔːpɒn/) or yaupon holly, is a species of holly that is native to southeastern North America.