Native Yaupon Propagation

There is some very interesting history about this 25 foot plant native to southeastern United States. Beyond its use in American Indian ritual and the effect the red berries have on foraging birds, the dried leaves of the female native tree make a delicious tea high in caffeine.

I was happy to locate both male and female of this native Ilex Vomitoria, commonly called a Yaupon Holly. Following stem propagation instructions off a university website, I took cuttings from these trees in September 2015. Our county extension agent identified my cuttings to be this species and I went to work! Below are photos I took during cuttings time.

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