Heteromeles arbutifolia

Toyon California Holly

Plant family: Rosaceae - Rose


Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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24 inch box natural 0   259.99
Fifteen Gallon 33   99.99
One Gallon 0   12.99
Five gallon - Natural 157   34.99

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Flower Color White
Blooming Season Summer
Height 5-15 feet
Spread 10-15 feet
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Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Serpentine

Special Characteristic

Edible , Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost

Plant Highlights

This is a delightful large, bushy evergreen. It produces white flowers in the summer and red berries in the winter, just in time for the Christmas season. It is a very popular and well-tried landscape plant with great versatility. Use it as a foundational plant in a native perennial garden, as a hedge, screen or at the back of a border. It can also be pruned and some are available at our nursery pruned to a single, standard trunk. The sight of a standard Toyon crowned with its profuse red berries in winter is very eye-catching. It is fire resistant if it gets watered every 2 weeks during spring and summer. The berries are edible but are bitter... it's best to let the birds to enjoy them.

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Pretty evergreen bush. One of the few things in my native-scape that stays green when most others are going stress deciduous. White flowers, with nose very close, smell like something dead. But they are loaded with native bees in summer and even attract big scary wasp occasionally.

Posed by: Rod Norman, on Jun 3 2017 10:05AM

2 heteromeles

Posed by: teresa jones, on May 28 2015 8:18AM