The Yaupon Holly, also called Cassina (the latter shared with the Dahoon Holly), is an evergreen holly found in the southeast United States. It is a shrub or small tree reaching 15 to 20 feet tall with a similar spread. The Yaupon is one of the most durable and adaptable evergreen hollies grown. It has a moderate to fast growth rate, tolerates drought once established and can adapt to many different soils.
Female plants produce prodigious amounts of bright red, persistent berries. The ornamental twigs with small, shiny, gray-green leaves and numerous red berries have been used as holiday decorations and make cheerful accents in the landscape. The small white blooms are not showy but attract pollinators. This is a small tree or large bush with pruning. Birds are very attracted to the berries. Use this small tree or large shrub in partial sun to full sun and in moist to dry, drained soil. It is a popular and hardy plant for mixed borders or as a specimen tree or shrub.
Youpon holly grows well in a full-sun to partial-shade location. It thrives best with plenty of sunlight.