Yaupon (ilex vomitoria) is (I think) the only native North American plant that contains caffeine. As I am a caffeine (usually coffee) addict and coffee prices are skyrocketing, I would like to find an alternative way to feed my addiction. I know I live in its native range but I have never seen a yaupon tree/bush so that I could recognize it.
My questions to my fellow Southeasterners are: 1) does anyone grow yaupon 2) have you tried the tea made from it 3) do you have seeds or cuttings that I can have
Learn about roasting your own coffee from green coffee. Extensive information at this site. www.sweetmarias.com I go for dry processed Ethiopian -wild home of arabica- Sodoma region. I go for fruit overtones blueberry and apricot. There library tells you everything about coffee! Roasting your own each week allows you to discover and make it as you like- John you might enjoy reading about this.
As you all, I'm addicted to caffeine My favourite source isn't Coffea arabica but Ilex paraguensis, "maté", a holly relative native to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, traditionally drunk for millenniums. Argentinian and Uruguayan people made me discover it during a stage two years ago, and now, I'm completely addicted to the Uruguayan type : 100% leaves, very potent, very bitter and harsh.
I heard of Yaupon last year while searching for temperate edible Ilex ( not my native, toxic Ilex aquifolium ! ) and found it really exciting. It seems to grow wild as far north as Maryland. Do you think it could be hardy until 6 or 7 ? Would it grow in most of soils ? The leaves seem to look like Ilex paraguensis, so I expect I could grow it as a maté homegrown alternative.
USDA Hardiness Zone : 7a - 10a Exposure : Full sun to partial sun (Full sun - best berry production; tolerates bright shade.) Mature Height : 15 - 20 feet Mature Spread : 8 - 10 feet (possibly up to 15') Flower : Mid spring, white flowers Fruit : Translucent red berries Foliage : Glossy green, narrow Fall Color : Not showy Form/Shape : Upright, multi-stemmed, dense shrub Growth Rate : Medium to fast growth rate Persistence : Broadleaf Evergreen Shrub
I've read that the seeds take 2-3 years to germinate, so unless you can go without caffeine for a long time, you might want to buy a shrub!
John, they should sell these in Florida. Have you tried Monrovia?