Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Yerba Mate is an evergreen tree in the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae), native to the steamy subtropics of South America. Indigenous people of Paraguay first brewed the dried leaves into a delicious beverage that is high in caffeine, antioxidants, and micronutrients. It is a commonly used beverage in South America, and now it is gaining popularity worldwide as an alternative to coffee that boosts energy, burns fat, and reduces cholesterol.

Fragrant white flowers bloom on the tree during the late fall and early winter and develop into bright red ornamental berries in the spring. The thick, leathery leaves can be harvested and dried at any time of the year when the foliage has become full on the tree. It will grow to 50 feet high outdoors and can also be grown as a container plant indoors or outdoors.

Yerba Mate will grow in full sun to partial shade in rich, loamy, well-draining soil that is never allowed to dry out. It prefers warm, humid conditions and is hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11.

Plant Type:
Tropical Evergreen Shrub, Small Tree

Harvest Season:
Year-Round (Once Established)

Mature Size:
15-50 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Moist, rich, fertile, well-drained soil 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Medium Pot Size: Grown from micropropagation. Capable of harvest within growing season
Large Pot Size: Capable of production.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 3 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
100%would recommend this product
4 reviews
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    Adrian G.
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    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 5-10
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago

    The best packaged plant I ever bought. It came in excellent condition.

    Adrian Goett

  • C
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    4 Stars

    Also came unscathed unlike the rest of my order

  • KN
    Kala N.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 years ago
    Great looking plant.

    Well, packaged and plant is healthy and strong. I will definitely be back for more exotic food plants!

  • J
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 years ago
    Came in perfect and is holding up very nicely. Definitely a good buy.

    Came in perfect and is holding up very nicely. Definitely a good buy.

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