HOLLY, DECIDUOUS YAUPON (Possumhaw)
Ilex decidua (EYE-lex dee-SID-you-uh)
Deciduous – Sun/Shade
HABIT: Bushy growth if not trimmed, small leaves, red berries on bare branches all winter long – on female plants only. Male plants don't have berries but grow larger.
CULTURE: Easy, any soil, drought tolerant.
USES: Winter color, understory tree, specimen garden tree.
PROBLEMS: Suckers from base, buying male plants accidentally.
NOTES: Best to purchase when the berries can be seen on the plant. Native to southeastern USA to Texas.