Heteromeles arbutifolia

This california native is one of the hardiest of evergreen shrubs. It is recognizable for its red berries during the winter months and is sometimes referred to as Christmas Berry. It can be a large shrub to small tree, depending on the location; typically about 6-8’ tall and 4-6’ wide if kept as a hedge in the garden. As a tree it can reach 20’ with age.

Heteromeles tolerates many different soil types and climactic situations, although prefers good drainage. It will also grow in sun and shade and is tolerant of some wind.With early protection, it will survive areas of high deer activity too. Birds also love this plant and it should be a staple in all wildlife settings.

A great screening shrub and foundation plant for all situations.

-text contributed by Kathryn Dole
-photos by Derek Glas