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Heteromeles arbutifolia

Californian maybush

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height5m to 6m
  • Spread6m to 8m
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Heteromeles arbutifolia (Californian maybush). This species of shrub or tree consists of thick, leathery, glossy dark green leaves with sharply toothed margins. The flattened heads of the flowers will appear in the summer, and they are followed by bright red berries.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Christmas berry, Tollon, Toyon

Origin

Southwestern N. America - California

Interest and use

Red berries in late summer

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • WaterDry

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

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