Desert Yaupon

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Desert Yaupon, Capul 
Schaefferia cuneifolia - Celastraceae, Staff-tree Family 

Description: Intricately and densely branched shrub with small leaves and orange fruit 
Height: To 6 ft, usually 2 to 4 ft. 
Flowers: Male and female flowers on separate plants; inconspicuous, greenish to white, solitary or clustered in axils; after rainfall throughout year 
Fruit: Orange to bright-red, 2-seeded, little flesh 
Foliage: Drought-deciduous, simple, alternate or clustered, pale-green, sessile, wedge-shaped leaves 
Spines: Unarmed Bark: New branches silvery-gray, older wood brown to grayish-brown 
Growth Rate: Slow 

Sun: Full Soil: Gravelly, caliche, various 
Drainage: Well 
Water: Low Maintenance: Periodic pruning encourages compactness 
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, root sprouts 

Native Habitat: Brushlands, chaparrals, gravely hillsides 

Wildlife Use
Fruit - Northern Bobwhite, Scaled Quail, Cactus Wren, Coyote, Southern Plains Wood Rat Nests in branches 

Comments: Makes good hedges or specimen plants; the bright fruit contrasts vividly with the green leaves Low 



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