(also yaupon holly)
A North American holly, the leaves of which have emetic properties and were formerly used as a tea by American Indians.
- Ilex vomitoria, family Aquifoliaceae
- Small trees resistant to cotton root rot include Jerusalem thorn, yaupon and wild olive.
- Native plants, like wax myrtle varieties of yaupon hollies to name a few, are popular plants for southern gardens.
- But even ‘evergreen’ yaupons drop old leaves to make way for new.
Early 18th century: a North American Indian word.
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