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A small evergreen holly tree (Ilex vomitoria) chiefly of the southeast United States, having red or sometimes yellow fruit and glossy leaves formerly used to make a bitter tea.

[Catawba yã´pã.]
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(ˈjɔːpən) or


(Plants) a southern US evergreen holly shrub, Ilex vomitoria, with spreading branches, scarlet fruits, and oval leaves: used as a substitute for tea
[from Catawba yopun shrub, diminutive of yop tree]
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(ˈyɔ pɒn)

a holly shrub or small tree, Ilex vomitoria, of the southern U.S., having bitter leaves that are sometimes brewed as a tea.
[1700–10, Amer.; < Catawba yą́pą=- wood, tree + leaf]
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first for the magical black drink of yaupon, the other
Examples include the A Drink Has No Name, featuring theobromine-rich yaupon tea, smoked ginger honey, clove, mint, lemon, bourbon and rum; and the Sasquash-butternut squash, sage, nutmeg, black pepper, burnt sugar and gin.
In light of coffee's potential adverse environmental effects, some Americans are turning to a more local source instead: yaupon. This increasingly popular drink is native to the southeast United States and contains a caffeine level that falls between black tea and coffee.
Yaupon holly is a native invasive restricted to much of the South.
You could try yaupon or American hollies or larger forms of false cypress.
System stability is usually considered by the Yaupon function.
Associated species in the region include yaupon (Ilex vomitoria Ait.), American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana L.), gum bumelia (Bumelia lanuginosa Michx.) and eastern baccharis (Baccharis halimifolia L.).
A quick mental inventory of plants reassures me of my location, however: gnarled and twisted live oaks, eastern red cedars, yaupon holly and the lianas themselves--the native muscadine grape, Vitis rotundifolia.
Blumenthal said herbs such as saffron (Crocus sativus), and yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) are ingredients to watch.
She might continue, nevertheless, into the evergreen thicket of yaupon beside the dam where she could hear the flutter of birds building their nests, frantic in their need to reproduce.
The understory was dominated by yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) with lesser amounts of red bay (Persea borbonia) and cabbage palmetto (Sabalpalmetto) (Table 2).