It’s an evergreen, so we can harvest it year-round. The way it works right now is we work with different landowners in the area to harvest the yaupon they have growing on their land. For centuries, yaupon was thought of as a pest in the region. If it wasn’t native to the area, it would be thought of as an invasive species! Historically, the land was grassland, and these native grasses have root systems that go 5 feet deep, they are very hardy. But in the last century, a lot of those grasses were cleared out and replaced by grasses that were better for cattle or for hay. Those tend to have shallower root systems, like 6 inches. Yaupon is a rhizome, which spreads through its roots, so because it hasn’t had these native grasses to keep it in check, it’s grown unbounded. People in our region have been bulldozing it, it’s so hardy, and then burning it, to keep clearing land for cattle or paths or whatnot. So we work with different landowners to actually come in and harvest that yaupon, helping them return the environment to the native ecosystem and then using the yaupon for good rather than burning it up. Yaupon grows across the Southeast, across the Gulf Coast to Florida, and then up the coast to the Outer Banks. So yaupon’s range in Texas starts at the Gulf and then goes inland. It’s an understory tree, it likes to grow under other trees: under pine trees in East Texas, or under Live Oaks closer to Central Texas where we are.