Rhamnus californica spp. tomentella


Plant family: Rhamnaceae - Buckthorn


Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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One Gallon 0   18.99
Five gallon - Natural 0   59.99

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Flower Color Cream, Green, White
Blooming Season
Height 5-15 feet
Spread 10-15 feet
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Wildlife Friendliness Rating
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Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand, Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland

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Decomposed Granite, Sandy Loam, Serpentine

Special Characteristic

Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People, Slope Stabilizer

Plant Highlights

The California bockthorn, or coffeberry plant, due to its similarity in seed structure to a coffee bean, is native to all of California and Southern Oregon. Sub-species tomentella grows at higher elevations than sub- species (it can be found up to 7500 ft) californica and is distinguished by its fine hairs on the underside of the leaves giving it a velvety texture. This evergreen shrub has dark red bark with long, dark, and dull green leaves. The small white and green flowers grow in clusters from 5-60 in a bunch.The small berries turn red, then purple, then black as spring progresses. Birds will flock to this shrub to feast on the berries in fall. Pollinators equally enjoy the flowers.

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