From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Rhus integrifolia
Common Name: Lemonadeberry
- Great for slopes or hedge. Nearly indestructible once established. Fruit is sour just like lemons. Try it raw or mixed in water to make a tart drink.
- Plant Family: Anacardiaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 10' H x 10- 30' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, spreading and dense
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
- Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Pink
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Southwest, Baja
- Natural Habitat: Canyons, generally north facing slopes, chaparral
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A handsome shrub of rapid, spreading growth, having thick leathery leaves of a slatish green, noticeably tinged with red. Flowers in clusters, white or pale pink followed by red sour berries from which it derives its name. As a permanent bank covering it has no equal, growing in full sun or shade and thriving without any water other than the natural rainfall. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.