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Toyon Christmas Berry Heteromeles arbutifolia Plant

Toyon Christmas Berry Heteromeles arbutifolia Plant

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Toyon Christmas Berry Heteromeles arbutifolia Plant

Toyon is a beautiful perennial shrub native throughout the western part of California and the Sierra foothills. It is a prominent component of the coastal sage scrub plant community, and is a part of drought-adapted chaparral and mixed oak woodland habitats. It is also known by the common names Christmas berry and California Holly from the bright red berries it produces. The city of Hollywood was name for this plant.

Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon) - A California native evergreen shrub that typically grows into a dense plant to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide but older plants can be taller and wider and even trained into small trees. It has gray bark, either smooth or fissured with age that hold leathery 2-4 inch long oblong leaves that are serrated along the margins and many small white mildly fragrant flowers in terminal clusters in late spring to early summer that produce bright red pea sized berries in the winter. Plant in full sun to partial shade.

It is drought tolerant after the first few years, but tolerates some water if drainage is good. Hardy to just below 0° F and useful down into USDA Zone 8. Toyon is a great specimen or large hedge plant used alone or mixed with Coffeeberry and Ceanothus and can also be kept many years as a container plant. Though it can often take a few years to establish, this plant is eventually deep-rooted so useful for erosion control or slope stabilization and has been reported to be somewhat fire resistant, particularly if irrigated occasionally during spring and summer, which unlike many native plants,

Toyon can generally tolerate, but allow soils to completely dry to several inches (3-4") deep between watering. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers and birds somewhat to the fruit. The berries are edible to humans but acidic and not that pleasant - they also contain cyanide compounds that are harmful if too many are eaten raw.

Your plant will be shipped with the roots wrapped in damp paper towels and with plastic and ready to plant upon arrival. The plant will be between 8” to 10”in height. Planting guidelines will also be included.
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