From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Rhamnus ilicifolia
Common Name: Holly-leaf Redberry
- Tough evergreen accent shrub is low maintenance and beautiful thoughout the year. Pointed holly-like leaves make this a nice barrier plant.
- Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 3-10' H x 3-10' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, dense
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Throughout California Floristic Province, Desert Mountains
- Natural Habitat: Chaparral, montane forests below 6600'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: " Taller growing that [Rhamnus crocea], and with larger foliage which resembles somewhat that of the holly leaved cherry, but smaller and of a duller green. Produces quantities of bright red berries in the summer. In the young state the plants are inclined to grow rather scraggy, but thicken up and become quite dense at maturity. Pruning when young is beneficial. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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