Plant family: Rosaceae - Rose
Plant type: Tree
Plant origin: N/A, California
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam
Autumn Foliage, Edible , Exceptional Fragrance, Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People, Slope Stabilizer
The Holly-Leaf Cherry is a large, evergreen tree or shrub that is slow to establish, but grows fast and sets full in the winter with ping-pong ball sized, burgundy-red fruits. The white flowers are in bloom in the early to late fall and provide a beautiful turn of season. Bees and Butterflies frequent the trees in the fall and bird like its shade and fruit. The leaves are a wrinkled, leathery texture o dark green and are similar to holly leaves, hence the name. If pruned to a tree, they can reach up to 15 ft, providing shade in the early fall heat waves, needing a little extra water in the late summer to fall.
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