Widely cultivated South American tree whose leaves are used for tea.
Medium or large sized tree up to 60ft but often remaining much smaller. Naturally occurs in a climate that is hot and wet during summer, cold and dry during winter.
Subtropical, will stand light frosts, probably hardy to 22-25F.
Seems to grow well in sun and part-shade. Water fairly regularly.
Often by cuttings, but seeds are used as well. Seed viability is short (usually a few weeks to a couple of months) and germination rates are typically low.
Dried leaves are used to make a tea, a historically important drink in Central and South America. Yerba mate contains some caffeine and is often drank as a coffee alternative. Leaves also have numerous medicinal uses. Yerba Mate is the national drink in several Latin American countries and the preparation of the beverage has in some cases, become almost a ceremony.
Native to southern South America.