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Heteromeles arbutifolia

Toyon or Christmasberry

One of California's most deeply emblematic species, Toyon is a large shrub to medium tree with evergreen foliage, a big white bloom in summer, and abundant red berries in December (hence the alternative common name "Christmas Berry"). Excellent as a hedgerow or other screen, but also wonderful as a specimen plant or focal point in the garden. One of the best native species to attract birds and other beneficial wildlife. Here's a detailed discussion of Toyon.



'Sunrise' Toyon has a mix of orange and red, eventually ripening to mostly red.











Christmas wreath with Monterey Cypress.



As a chapparall element in coastal scrub on Montara Mountain.



In bloom. Subtle from a distance but up close, it's buzzing with bees in a late summer crescendo.



'Sunrise' Toyon has a mix of orange and red, eventually ripening to mostly red. The yellow-berried form has been called var. cerina by Jepson.







Serration on the leaves varies by population.





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