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Heteromeles arbutifolia


Christmas Berry, California Holly
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Scientific Name Heteromeles arbutifolia
Principal Common Name Toyon
Common Name(s) Christmas Berry, California Holly
Synonym Heteromeles salicifolia
Description A small tree or dense shrub with glossy green leaves,clusters of white flowers followed by red berries.
General Comments Although drought tolerant, produces more flowers and berries if watered regularly in cultivation.
Nativity California, Baja California
Height Range 6 - 30 FT
Spread Range 6 - 25 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Dark Green
Leaf Texture Glossy : Leathery : Thick : Toothed
Form Shrub : Small Tree
Flower Color White
Flower Time Summer
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Partial Shade
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Attracts Birds : Berries : Color : Drought tolerant : Fall Color : Foliage : Form : Winter Interest

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