Scientific Name

Rhamnus ilicifolia

Full Sun

Part Sun

Part Shade

Low

Moderate

Max. Height × Width

2-8 × 3-8

More information

calscape.org

Price & Availability

One gallon

$10

2 available

In the wild, Hollyleaf Redberry can be found growing in both the shade of an oak understory and the blazing full sun of chaparral covered hills. In both situations, however, it likes to be protected from the full blast of the afternoon sun and will often shelter beneath and between larger shrubs to get a little shade. Infamously slow-growing but tenacious, your patience will be rewarded with a handsome evergreen bearing shiny red berries in the fall. We use Hollyleaf Redberry extensively in the oak understory in the LANPS garden, where it thrives with little to no supplemental summer irrigation after one or two seasons. That said, it enjoys an occasional, drink during the dry months and will reward you with a reliable source of greenery when all your other understory plants have gone dormant and dropped their leaves for the summer. This is an under-appreciated local gem that deserves a place in more of LA’s native gardens.