Yaupon Ilex vomitoria is a small (15′ X 12′) moderately fast-growing evergreen tree, which tolerates a variety of soil conditions; once it is well established, Yaupon also tolerates periods of drought. It grows best in full sun, but it is shade tolerant. Yaupon occurs naturally over most of the state and is also widely used as an ornamental for landscaping.
Its leaves contain caffeine, and a tea made from roasting its leaves was used by Native Americans. Its berries are eaten in Winter by many species of native birds. Yaupon can be used in the landscape as a specimen tree, but also to create a privacy screen.