Frangula californica (Eschsch.) A. Gray
California buckthorn, California Coffeeberry
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
USDA Symbol: FRCA12
The California Coffeeberry is a member of the buckthorn family (family Rhamnaceae) which includes shrubs, woody vines, and small to large trees, rarely herbs, often spiny. About 700 species worldwide; 15 native and 3 naturalized tree, about 50 shrub, and 1 woody vine species in North America.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Frangula californica in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff