Rhamnus californica ssp. californica Rhamnus californica ssp. californica
California Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica)
Common Name Coffeyberry
Latin Name Rhamnus californica
Family Rhamnaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 7-9 
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Dry slopes of mountains of California. from 0 to 7,500 feet
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Twice per month
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Height X Width 4 feet X 6 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen, leaves oblong 2 to four inches
Flowers Greenish white to yellow flowers in spring, dark red fruit later, cold marginal
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed
Pests and diseases Grasshoppers
Landscape uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, hedge, backround
Garden Suitability Thornless, Songbird, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Greenish white to yellow flowers in spring, dark red fruit later, cold marginal
Nature Value Fruit eaten by birds and mammals, browsed by wildlife
Native American Uses Fruit eaten, medicinal
Links  
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/rhacal/all.html
    Data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=frcac5
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_hort.pl?taxon=70560
    Images and data http://plantfinder.sunset.com/sunset/plant-details.jsp?id=2399
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_californica
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/81470/
    Images and data http://www.bewaterwise.com/gardensoft/plant_description.aspx?plantid=551
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=7072
    Images and data http://www.baynatives.com/plants/Rhamnus-californica/
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=1850
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/566.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Rhamnus+californica
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=FRCAC5
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