Deciduous Yaupon, Deciduous Holly, Meadow Holly, Prairie Holly, Welk Holly, Bearberry, Winterberry
This ornamental Texas Superstar is a native, deciduous shrub or small tree prized for its showy fruit
Medium shrub to small tree with an irregular, spreading and open crown
Plant as a specimen tree, or group for visual impact (fall berries). Ideal planted along edges of woodlands or naturalized borders, low maintenance
Average mature size
15’ tall x 10’ wide (species can vary widely)
Sun to part sun/shade. Fruits best with at least six hours of sun
Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions
Low; drought tolerant once established, easy to grow in any soil, even with poor drainage
Deciduous, at first frost the leaves yellow and drop
Dioecious: flowers on separate male and female plants
Fruits only on female plant (look for plants with berries at the nursery). Plant male species to ensure pollination (1 male: 9 female). Red-orange drupes persist through winter (color depends on variety), providing visual interest; wildlife food source
Pests and disease
Earth Kind plant: tolerates infrequent watering, poor soils, and is relatively pest and disease free. This plant gets its name due to its confusion with hawthorn and its attraction to possums.
“If I had my way, I’d want every gardener in the south to enjoy the winter beauty of Possumhaw.” – Sally Waskowski, Gardening With Native Plants of the South.