Yaupon holly, sometimes called just yaupon, is a fast-growing native of the southeastern United States. It sprouts readily from roots and is widely dispersed by birds that consume its berries. It grows in a wide variety of habitats including scrub, upland forests, and coastal areas. Yaupon is an important wildlife food especially during winter months when the persistent berries are eaten by numerous birds and mammals. Wild turkey, bob-white quail, bluejays, mockingbirds, and towhees all consume the fruits along with raccoons, skunks, opossums, and rodents. White-tailed deer also browse on the vegetation. The foliage provides nesting sites and protective cover as well.
Yaupon holly grows from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas and Oklahoma. It is found at elevations up to 500'. Yaupon holly grows in moist soils in forest understory. It may also be found in coastal and inland scrubs, other coastal areas, and river swamps.
Though this doesn't look my two Holly Trees at home, the place card at Falling Waters states this is a true holly and has been used for Christmas decorations for years. This holly doesn't have the very sharp jagged edged leaves as my holly at home. (Note to self - have to ID my home holly trees...) Will update with more photos later - have to go home now...