Hollyleaf Cherry, Prunus ilicifolia is an evergreen shrub to tree a species in the Rosaceae (Rose) family, average 14 ft. high. Beautiful clusters of white flowers cover this shrub/tree around March/April , and in the fall its covered with red cherries. The leaves are holly-like, hence the name Holly-Leafed Cherry. Native to the California coast ranges from Mexico north to above San Francisco Bay.
Hollyleaf likes full sun, has low water requirements after established, and needs good drainage. The cherries are edible with very little flesh, its mostly seed but a very unique fruit, its a good tree to plant for birds too they love the fruit. Excellent foundation plant and/or privacy hedge.
Sun exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture: Very Low
Summer Irrigation: Max 1x / month once established
Ease of Care: Very Easy
Cold Tolerance: Tolerates cold to 15° F when mature. When young, this species doesn't survive at 20 degrees F., but after the first year will survive 0 degrees F. or lower.
Soil Drainage: Fast, Medium
Soil Description: Tolerant of a variety of soils but will grow largest and fastest in coarse, fast draining, relatively fertile garden soil.
Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0
Pollinator and Bee Friendly: Western Dragon Swallowtail, Pale Tiger Swallowtail, countless birds, bees and small mammals.
Common uses: Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens
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