Of the Holly family, Yerba Mate is an amazing antioxidant packed herb from South America. Kept in a pot or put in full sun, the leaves can be collected and dried for tea as an alternative to coffee. The leaves' bitterness is determined by the quaity of the soil; nitrogen rich topsoils offer milder taste.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9B-11
Chill Hours: -
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen in tropical conditions, new leaves are deciduous in temperate climates
Plant Type: Perennial
Blooming Season: Oct-Dec
Ripening Season: -
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: Leaves are used when dried for its caffine and health benefits. Mature fruit is red-purple
Full Size: Full height is 20' high, but is typically managed as a bush for easier access
Cold Tolerance: Previous year's leaves are hardy, new leaves are typically lost in cold snaps
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Expects heavy rainfall during rainy season, otherwise drought tolerant
Soil & Site Requirements: Provide a well drained, sandy spot with organic matter on the soil surface. Mulch to ensure moisture retention and reduce weed competition.