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Schaefferia cuneifolia (Desert yaupon)
Anderson, Wynn

Schaefferia cuneifolia

Schaefferia cuneifolia A. Gray

Desert Yaupon

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)


USDA Symbol: sccu4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Orange to bright red, 1/4 inch.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Habitat: Chaparral & brush country, Hillsides/Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based


Use Ornamental: Fruits ornamental, Accent shrub, Accent tree or shrub
Use Wildlife: Browse, Fruit-mammals, Fruit-birds, Nesting site, Cover
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Schaefferia cuneifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Schaefferia cuneifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Schaefferia cuneifolia


Record Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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