Toyon, Christmasberry, California Holly
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree, freely branched, short trunk, rounded crown, usually to 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m)
high. Leaves evergreen, simple, alternate, blade leathery, glossy dark-green, dull and paler below
elliptical to oblong, 5-10 cm long, margin regularly toothed and bristly pointed; petiole 12-25 mm long.
Flowers white, sepals and petals generally 5 each, bisexual, many per terminal, flat-topped
clusters. Fruit (pome) berry-like, when ripe 5-10 mm diam., bright red, pulp mealy, 3-6 small
- Full sun or very light shade, tolerates afternoon sun, needs good drainage, infrequent summer water.
It is very showy in winter with evergreen leaves and abundant red fruit and is popular for Christmas
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to California and Baja California; a common shrub
in California's chaparrals and woodlands.
- Toyon: derived from an Ohlone word for the plant. Ohlone are the native people of the central
- arbutifolia: having leaves like Arbutus