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Rhamnus californica

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Species Name: Rhamnus californica
Common Name: California Coffeeberry

Forage source for the Pale Swallowtail. Great for screen or slope. Berries are attractive (but not edible) turning from red to purple to black. Great for wildlife.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 8-12' H x 4-8' W
Growth Habit: Generally open branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 6900'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellowish
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Western California and southwestern Oregon
Natural Habitat: Coastal-sage scrub, chaparral, woodlands, forests. Elevation: below 6900'

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