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Rhamnus californica

  • Common Name
    Ca. Coffee Berry
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' - 15' x 6' - 8'
  • Flower Color
    Greenish-Yellow
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Occasionally Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Bird Habitat
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Attractive Berries
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    R. californica is a dense, evergreen, mounding shrub that looks good all year round. It develops red berries in summer which turn black in fall. This is a good plant for hedges, habitat gardensand erosion control.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in unimproved soil with good drainage.  Do not add amendments or fertilizers. Mulch in a 2- 3 foot diameter circle around shrub. Plant in the fall to take advantage of winter rains. In coastal Marin plant in full sun, in hotter areas plant it where it will get afternoon shade to avoid sunburn. Prune to control size and shape. Drought toerant but appreciates occasional deep summer watering. This extra water will however, make it grow faster.

    This shrub attracts native beneficial insects, bees and birds.

    This shrub is free of serious pests and diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    R. californica ' Eva Case' - 3' - 8' x 5', denser and more compact shrub with large berries

    R. californica 'Seaview Improved'  - groundcover