yaupon

noun
yau·pon | \ˈyü-ˌpän also ˈyō-, ˈyȯ-\

Definition of yaupon 

: a holly (Ilex vomitoria) of the southeastern U.S. that has smooth elliptical leaves with emetic and purgative properties

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For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018 Often regarded as a scrubby nuisance tree on Texas ranches, yaupon was used to produce tea by Native Americans centuries ago, but that art and practice has been largely forgotten. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 1 June 2017 For food and cover consider standard yaupon, anaqua, Texas persimmon, Mexican plum and agarita. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Spice up your garden with these 11 new year resolutions," 22 Dec. 2017 Founded in Cat Spring, Texas, by sisters Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro (how are those for Southern names?), their tea is made from yaupon (pronounced YO-pon), which is the only wild-growing, naturally caffeinated plant in North America. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 5 June 2017 Often regarded as a scrubby nuisance tree on Texas ranches, yaupon was used to produce tea by Native Americans centuries ago, but that art and practice has been largely forgotten. Sid Evans, Southern Living, "The Southern Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year Is…," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of yaupon

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yaupon

Catawba yą́pą, from yą- tree + leaf

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