Saturday, December 15, 2012


See that cute little bush? That's dwarf yaupon and I give it a BIG garden wink here in my Houston garden.
(My new camera has a VIVID setting...I'll try to use it sparingly)

Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) is a native shrub and small tree in the Southeastern part of the U.S.

Besides the cute little evergreen leaves, this plant has a nice surprise this time of the year.

Merry Christmas! Besides American holly, the early pioneers probably graced their tables and mantles with the yaupon berries. 

I have two large yaupon trees flanking my back shed here in my Houston garden.

This is a good year for yaupon berries!

This small one at my school is putting on a show! But you have to get up close to see it.

Here's a final glimpse.

Well, that's it for this time. And if you do decide to go native, keep these berries out of reach of children and pets. With a botanical name like 'vomitoria' need I say more?  LOL
Have a  holly  yaupon, jolly Christmas and thanks for stopping by!