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Ilex paraguariensis

Classification

Order: Celastrales
   Family: Aquifoliaceae
            Genus: Ilex
                        Specie: Ilex paraguariensis

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 20 ft (6 m)

Cultivation: Fertile well-drained soil

Features: Mid-green leaves; red berries

Uses: Foliage contrast Fruit contrast Hedge Windbreaks

Zones: 9-11

Description: The dried leaves of this native of southeastern South America are used to make the caffeine-rich tea-like beverage mat?. It is an evergreen slow-growing tree, reaching 50 ft (15 m) in the wild but only 20 ft (6 m) in cultivation. The leaves are egg-shaped

Growth Habit: Spreading canopy

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