Ilex paraguariensis (Yerba Mate)

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Full sun; average water. Evergreen tree native to South America. Begins as a shrub and then slowly matures to a tree that can grow up to 49ft, unless kept short, Green leaves to 4in. long and 2in. wide with serrated margin. The leaves contain caffeine and also related xanthine alkaloids and are harvested commercially. The flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The fruit is a small red drupe. Widely used to make teas and other beverages or as ingredient in formulated foods or dietary supplements.