Ilex vomitoria, yaupon, Broadleaf evergreen Yaupon [multi-trunk tree form] & Dwarf Yaupon [shrub form] Native to Ok, it has proven to be a very hardy broadleaf evergreen. beautiful plant when allowed to mature to natural form. dwarf cultivar develops a dense rounded form with no pruning whatsoever. The multi-trunk tree form naturally assumes a beautifully relaxed & windswept shape & rewards gardeners with a good display of small, bright red berries in fall into winter.
Euonymus americanus, also known as Strawberry Bush or Bursting Hearts, is a broadleafed evergreen American native understory shrub found in shady forests from New York to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma and Texas. The vivid pink seed capsules open in autumn to reveal brilliant red seeds. Euonymus europaeus, also known as Spindle tree, is a closely related European species and has similar fruits. Euonymus americanus American Strawberry Bush Photograph by Rebecca Sherman
A pleasing "pink sumacade" is made by soaking the berries in cold water for at least ten minutes though overnight in the fridge maximizes the flavor, then filtering the liquid to remove berries and fine sumac hairs before drinking.
Native Canopy Trees - Oklahoma (30-50 ft.): Red Maple River Birch Pecan Sugar Hackberry American Beech Green Ash Eastern Red Cedar Tulip Tree or Tulip Poplar American Sweetgum Southern Magnolia Bigleaf Magnolia Black Gum Loblolly Pine Sycamore Black Cherry White Oak Southern Red Oak Shumard Oak Southern Live Oak Bald Cypress Basswood Winged Elm