Elmwood Cemetery Yaupon Holly

SPECIES: Ilex vomitoria DIAMETER: 27 HEIGHT: 25' SPREAD: 57' ORIGINAL TREASURE TREE: No

Tree Location

Address:

West 6th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Coordinates:

35.239187
-80.851674

 

History

Yaupon holly is a native tree of the South East, but relagated to costal areas or well drained sandier soils.  These hollies are not found growing in the red clay soils of Charlotte unless planted.  To find a Yaupon holly of this size in thier native habitat would be a strech, making this tree all the more special.  

The brilliant red berries are favorite food stuff of birds and mammals, including grey fox and black bears, though the bear population in Elmwood Cemetery is thankfully low.  The holly gets its latin name 'vomitoria' from a Native American purity tradition.  Men would make a tea from the leaves of the yaupon holly, and drink it in such quantaties it would cause them to vomit.

Stand under this tree's beautiful low and spreading canopy, and you'll feel as if you were in a welcomed den of an old friend.  Truely a Jewel of The Queen's Crown.

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